Our daily food consumption yields a lot of waste which ends up rotting in garbage dumps. So what if we told you that you could be using these food scraps to upgrade your food and life? Avid cooks have been creatively using food scraps in their daily cooking for ages now, and it is a sustainable way of reducing everyday waste creation.
1.Throw it into a soup!
All those leftover bones and veggie peels can be thrown in to make stock or soup. Not only is it flavorful but it’s also rich in nutrients. It’s simply perfect for those days when all you want to do is curl up with a book and a bowl of homemade broth.
2.Add zest to your tea
Lemon rinds and orange peels can be dehydrated and stored for a long period of time. When your tea needs a citrus kick, you’ll always have the ingredients at hand! You can also soak them in water overnight for a refreshing drink the following morning, high in antioxidants
3.Freeze those eggs!
Many a times, a baking recipe calls for a VERY specific amount of egg whites or yolks (baking truly is a science) and we tend to throw away the part we don’t use out of fear that it will get spoilt. However, let’s aim towards not wasting any part of our food and freezing the leftovers for when we may actually need that one extra yolk to bake your favorite cake!
4.Fussy eaters, save the crusts!
Many of us have this unexplained aversion to that first slice of bread or the sides of our toast. But don’t throw it away! Grind those sides into breadcrumbs or use them to make crunchy croutons for your soup! Or salad, if that’s your thing.
5.Coffee grounds for the best skin routine
Who said food scraps can only be used to make food? Those coffee grounds from your fresh morning cuppa can be re-purposed into an excellent exfoliate. Mix it up with some olive or coconut oil, and you’ll have baby-soft skin for days!
Finally, and perhaps the best thing you can be doing with your food scraps is turning them into compost. It makes the soil rich in nutrients, which in turn can lead to the growth of healthy plants that enrich the environment.