Using food scraps is a great way to be resourceful and environmentally responsible in the kitchen. Food scraps are the inevitable pieces of food lingering after being prepared. Think stems of kale, stalks of broccoli, citrus rinds, eggshells, and any part of food that goes unused. Make the most of the food you spend your hard-earned money on with these clever ways to use food scraps. Additionally, save this to come back to when you find yourself wondering how you can use food scraps.
Featuring: The Zero-Waste Chef
The Zero-Waste Chef, Anne-Marie Bonneau, is the founder of Zero Waste Chef, an online platform that serves as a resource for living a less wasteful, more environmentally responsible lifestyle. She is an expert on making the most of the groceries you spend your hard-earned money on and minimizing waste in the kitchen. Her new book, “The Zero-Waste Chef: Plant-Forward Recipes and Tips for a Sustainable Kitchen and Planet”, outlines ways to be more resourceful in the kitchen through a series of excellent recipes and tips.
Make a Scrap Sauce With Herbs
Tasty Herb Dip
Stale Bread Stuffing
Simple Scrap Syrup
Apple Peel Chips
Fruit Scrap Smoothie
Candied Citrus Rinds
Citrus Peel Tea
Food Scraps You Can’t Eat
Eggshell Garden Fertilizer
Coffee Grounds and Garden Growth
Banana Peel Plant Food
DIY Face Masks
Compost Your Food Scraps
Tips For Cutting Back Food Waste in the Kitchen
For starters, one of the best ways to be more resourceful in the kitchen is to educate yourself by discovering new recipes and cooking methods. With more information in your arsenal, you’ll be cooking with less waste, spending less time in the kitchen, and saving money. Anne-Marie suggests, expand your horizon and add depth to what you already know by dedicating more time to the kitchen.
2. Practice Planning
On top of education, Anne-Marie suggests planning out grocery trips in order to cut back waste in the kitchen.
I cannot emphasize this tip enough. Creativity is essential if you want to use up leftover food scraps. Don’t let recipes constrain your cooking. Use what you have to create delicious meals and use food scraps to substitute ingredients you might not have. Anne-Marie suggests following “non-recipe” recipes to make the most of the food you buy. Here is a “non-recipe” recipe of Anne Marie’s for “shop the fridge” soup.
4. Reframe the Way You Think About Food Scraps:
Many of us have a shared narrative about how we can and should use the food we buy. Like, stale bread needs to be thrown out, don’t use the rinds of citrus if you’re only juicing it, and one can’t use apple peels and cores. If it’s edible, might as well experiment and try to use it.
5. Reduce Food Waste In Other Ways:
Here’s our article on 10 Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste if you’re interested in saving food resources.
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