Appeoximately 30-40% of food is wasted in the united states and $218 billion is spent to grow, process, transport and dispose
of food that is never eaten. reducing food losses by only 15% would be enough to feed more than 25 million americans…
So here is how you can help.
What you need to know to waste less and achive sustainability in your own home is most of those scraps shouldn’t be thrown
away, becuase they can be reused to complete your dish in multiple ways. So here are 10 of the most common ways you can
1. Use broccoli stalks.
Broccoli stalks are completely edible, and if you’re paying for it might as well use it. You can make broccoli chips with
them which are delicious, broccoli rice, and broccoli noodles — just make sure to peel their tough outer skin.
2. Using leftovers veggie scraps for homemade vegetable broth!
Save up your odds and ends whenever you cook. You can add them to a freezer-safe bag and freeze until you’ve got a full bag.
Carrots, celery and onions are KEY stock ingredients, But you can add other veggies for more flavor — mushrooms, leeks,
herbs, asparagus and tons of others are great options.
3. Roasted potato skins
Don’t throw those potato skins! You CAN actually add those to a broth, too, but if you want a crispy treat, simply dry off
the skins, put them into a bowl and apply some olive oil, salt, pepper, or what ever spices you prefer. add to a tray
lined with parchment and bake them up until crispy, flipping halfway through. Feel free to add whatever you need to spice
it up. But they’re also great on their own!
use stale bread for homemade breadcrumbs. Toast up your bread slices on a baking sheet to dry them out and crisp them up
a bit. break them up into pieces into a food processor and pulse into crumbs, making sure they’re evenly processed. Perfect
for toppings, coatings, bindings, and more!
5. Forzen herbs
People never use all of their bunches of herbs, you can add them to your stock we showed earlier, but if you want to save
them for another time, remove the leaves from the stems and chop them up. Add them to an ice cube tray and cover with
boiling water, which will help to blanch the herbs before freezing and help retain the color and flavor once frozen.
6. Bruised Fruit
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This is a food waste tip that you can use outside of your own home. When fruit is bruised at a store, it’s less desirable
so a lot of times that food ends up getting tossed and can’t be sold, which is a huge unnecessary waste! In fact, Americans
throw away around 6 BILLION pounds of food every month, mostly due to cosmetic standards. YOU can help by actually picking
out the bruised pieces of fruit— of course, make sure the fruit is not moldy or containing fungus— it shouldn’t smell
or look infected, but a small bruise, blemish or wrinkle isn’t going to hurt you. Chop it up, add to a fruit salad, blend
it up in a smoothie, or make popsicles, and no one will ever know!
7. Apple Butter
One of the most commonly bruised fruits that are also bought in excess are apples. This time of year, I like to use extra
apples to make APPLE BUTTER! Bruised apples work perfect here, and since apple season is upon us, this makes a great
fall time activity and gift. Add peeled, cored, and chopped apples to a pot with lemon juice, cinnamon, cloves, salt,
and maple syrup. Stir everything together, cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally for about 2 hours, until
reduced. Your house will smell delicious! Remove the pot and allow to cool for 15 minutes before purèeing with your immersion
blender, or regular one. Feel free to allow to reduce even more on the stove, depending on the consistency that you’d
like it. Serve warm! Store in the fridge for a few weeks, or freeze for a few months!
8. Pumpkin dog treats
You can combine canned pumpkin, natural unsalted peanut butter, and whole wheat or oat flour into a dough. Add the flour
gradually. Roll it out between parchment and cut it out into your desired shapes. Bake in the oven and cool completely
before serving. Store in an airtight container for a week, or freeze for up to 3 months! Your pup will thank you for
not wasting food!
9. Recycled coffee grounds
You can use used coffee grounds for a natural deodorizer! If there are unpleasant smells in your kitchen, living room, even
in the refrigerator or freezer, put out some coffee grounds to make your home smell better.
10. Grow Vegetables From Kitchen Scraps
There are alot of resources online on how to do this for each veggie, take Celery for example. Celery is one of the easiest
foods to grow from leftover scraps. Just cut off the bottom or base of your celery and lay it in a bowl with just a bit
of warm water in the bottom. Keep the bowl in direct sunlight as long as possible each day and after about a week, you
will begin to see the leaves thickening and growing along the base. When this happens, you can transplant your celery
in soil and wait for it to grow to full length.