Remember that post I did about food waste being a HUGE environmental issue? (Catch up here) Well, I still think about this topic a lot and so I have compiled a little list for you (as much as myself) today that will hopefully get us all re-thinking what we do with our so called ‘food scraps’
Lets dig in:
- The leaves on your celery bunch, chop them up and use like lettuce leaves.
- Egg shells can go into your bone broth and as it simmers the calcium will be extracted into your broth.
- Citrus peels can go into your dishwasher to freshen it up, or if they are organic, you can boil them into a tea.
- The leaves off your beetroot bunch, use like silver beet.
- Mix your used coffee beans with some coconut oil and use as a body scrub in the shower. Better yet, make my Vanilla Latte Body Scrub
- Save all your meal bones (ie chicken/chop/T-bone steak) by chucking them into a zip lock bag in the freezer and when you have enough, use for bone broth (keep each variety of meat separate!)
- Save the tops off carrots, potato peelings etc for your broth also, its adds flavor.
- Shallow fry or roast your potato peelings with some herbs to make tasty potato skins. Likewise for carrots or any other veg you peel!
- Better yet, don’t peel your vegetables at all! The skins can be eaten and are quite nutritious. Think potato’s, carrots, pumpkin, beetroot; they don’t really need to be peeled, wash them instead. We just do because its what we think we should do….
- Roast your broccoli and cauliflower leaves with some rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper and whatever other vegies you have on hand.
- Finely dice whatever veg and leafy greens you have on hand that are starting to wilt, sauté with some butter then add eggs to the pan for an easy scrambled eggs type dish.
- Use your tea bags twice, if you let the second cup steep for a little longer you will hardly notice. I personally use a tea bag and top it up about 4 times! (ie peppermint or cammomile tea)
- Ask for a doggy bag. Don’t over think it, just do it. You paid for that food, it was prepared for you so don’t let it be thrown to waste.
- Finely chop your over supply of fresh herbs and freeze them in ice cube trays with little broth or coconut oil. This is very convenience for stews, smoothies (ie coconut oil & mint) or for sautéing your greens.
- Use the stems from your herbs in the same way you use the leaves. Just chop them more finely or whiz them in a blender (perfect for pesto’s!)
So tell me, what ideas do you have? I’d REALLY love to hear them as I’m sure there are area’s I’m overlooking. Share them in the comments below!