If you’ve been following the news about food waste, you know it’s a big part of the challenge facing our planet today. How can we hope to feed the world more sustainably if we waste so much food (and therefore energy)?
One way to reduce your personal food waste is to cook with things you might consider scraps. Getting more meals out of your ingredients goes a long way toward making your kitchen a greener place.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Stocks and Broths
Making stock and broth at home is easier than you might think! It results in a delicious concoction that enhances many dishes and is a great way to use up some scraps. Meat stocks can use bones, organ meat, and leftover cooked meat or trimmings.
So save those turkey bones at Thanksgiving, those rib bones after a BBQ, or the leftovers from your weekly roast chicken. Throw them in a stockpot with water and a bit of salt, simmer anywhere from a few hours to a whole day, and you’ll have a healthy, flavorful stock that is easily frozen.
Use the stock in soups, sauces, beans, and many other dishes. Shrimp shells, corn cobs, and vegetable peelings can also make delicious broths.
Go Gourmet With Fruit Scraps
If you’re feeling creative, there are endless ways to use fruit scraps in your kitchen.
Apple peels can thicken jam or be turned into homemade apple cider vinegar. Strawberry tops can infuse water (or booze!) for a luscious treat. A shrub (fruit-infused vinegar) is a great way to use up peels and scraps, too.
Zest your citrus fruits before using them and freeze the zest for later.
Plan to Reduce Waste
Take a look at your meal plans and find ways to use up scraps. Planning to make a “kitchen sink” kind of meal like frittata or vegetable soup can help use up ingredients like carrot peels or mushroom stems.
If you’re always peeling apples for a picky toddler, find an easy recipe for muffins or oatmeal that can use up those peels.
Find More Tips to Reduce Food Waste
With a little creativity, it’s not hard to reduce food waste by cooking with scraps. Eating greener doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor – if anything, you’ll be excited to find even more ways to cook with scraps after trying a few dishes!
Contact us today for more green living advice. At Western National Apartments, we care about helping you live a greener lifestyle, in the kitchen and everywhere.