Five Steps to Reduce Waste in the Kitchen
Food waste is something personal to me, I grew up poor and we were always told not to waste food, save plastic baggies and reuse them, wash glass bottles and reuse them for food storage and so on.
Some things seem pretty obvious to do in terms of reducing waste, but some things, at least for me, took some time to adjust to.
it all take time…
One of the biggest adjustments for me was to put food scraps in a separate container while I am cooking, and either throw it in the compost bin, or propagate the stems and replant them in the garden.
It is second nature now to have a bowl next to me while I cook, but it did take months to learn this new habit.
never give up
Some of these things take time, they are not always the convenient option, or the easiest option, but in the long run, it will make your home a little more green, you will feel better about your consumer habits. Once your garden gets going, trust me, you will save a lot of money on vegetables and herbs.
Step one: Save the stems from your vegetables replant them in your garden. I start of with this tip because it is the easiest, and the most exciting for me. The amount of veggies you can regrow from the stems are unbelievable. Cut off the stem of leeks and spring onions, put them in a cup of water in indirect sunlight, and once they grow roots you can plant them in soil. This goes for basil too.
Step two: Use overripe fruit in smoothies. So many times I buy a big bag of bananas and before I can get through them all, they start to go black. Use these fruits that you are not keen on eating any more in your smoothies. An overripe banana will even make your smoothie more flavourful.
Step three: Use vegetable peels and scraps for stock. This was a great skill for me to learn, you can use any scraps you have, or even vegetables that are about to go off, and put them in a pot with a stock cube and cook it for 15 minutes, It is a fantastic broth to drink just like that, or you can add it so some rice noodles and make yourself a nice noodle soup.
Step four: Freeze your vegetables. If you have the opportunity to buy vegetables in bulk or that were on sale, clean them up at home. Chop or dice them into smaller sizes and freeze them in clear baggies in the freezer. This works especially well for green beans and spinach, they do not retain as much water as store bought frozen vegetables, and they taste better too.
Step five: Throw eggshells in the garden. This is probably the easiest step in this list, break up the eggshells with your hands and scatter them in your garden. The shells have calcium that have your plants grow. Just keen an eye on your dog, for some reason my Jack Russell likes the taste of the shells and sometimes she digs them up and chews on them.
These tips all work great for me on a daily basis, I that you can implement some of them in your home too!