On the path to Reducing Waste in the kitchen
Don’t throw away those veggies!
Make your own Veggie broth using the “left overs” of your vegetables, the stems of your celery, the tops of your onions (peel and all), the ends of your asparagus, etc etc. Whatever vegetable you would normally throw away, would go great into making your own broth, throw all the veggies in a pot of water, add salt and pepper and let simmer on low for a few hours, strain then put into containers for freezing or ice cube trays for single small use!
Tip: Keep a reusable container full of your vegetable “trash” and stick it in the freezer until you have enough to make a broth.
Glass Jars and Containers
Done with those pickles? Jelly? Jars of mustard? Don’t recycle, re-use! Wash out the glass jars, take off the tables and use them to store dry goods in your pantries. Nuts, Rice, Beans, flour etc. OR use the glass jars to pack a yummy salad for your lunch, or maybe some soup or left overs. You can also use the glass jars to store the veggie broth you made this week!
By reusing your glass jars instead of recycling you are also helping to save energy!
No More Bottled Water!
I have to admit I am a bottled water fanatic, Im not a big water fan anyway and cant stand tap water.. Ive recently switched to reduce the plastic waste from water bottles and bought a water filter jug for the fridge, then I can drink from that, and use reusable metal or glass cups for on the go!
How many time a day do you throw away your coffee grounds? I know we do it A LOT! Instead of throwing them away collect them daily! There are tons of great uses for your coffee grounds but here are just a few things you can do with yours to help reduce waste in your kitchen!
At the end of each week or every few days take them and sprinkle them around the plants or flowers in your garden, coffee grounds have a lot of nutrients that are great for your plants!
If you are a composter, compost them!
Want to keep the bugs away? Sprinkle your coffee grounds around outdoor seating areas, they are a great bug repellent for mosquitoes and fruit flies!
Multi Use food!
When shopping it’s best to meal plan your week so you are only buying the things you need, this will not only cut down waste but help your budget as well. Then, think about the foods you need. For instance, if you need 1/2 of an onion for a certain recipe, fine another use this week for the other half. Only need 1/4 cup of chopped bell pepper? Find another recipe to use the rest, then use the tops of those bell peppers onions and other vegetables for your veggie broth
Also, if you need 1/2 pound of ground beef for a recipe but only see 1lb packages in the store, talk to the butcher, often times they will break the packages down for you!
About the Author: Maria Mills-Benat is a Port Orange-based chef and has started a service of offering in-home cooking classes. She has a passion for cooking for others and has been doing so professionally for 10 year. Read full bio here.