Admittedly, I can be a food waster. Sometime I have no idea what is in glass jar #1 or #2. (Or #3 or #4) Even Carol Merrill doesn’t know what is behind that curtain. (Oh come on, you don’t remember her from Monty Hall’s Let’s Make a Deal?) But over the years, I started to look at food differently and tried to use everything from leftovers to food scraps to cut down on my food wasting habits. Listed below are some food waste busting tricks you can use with help from my fellow women eco-warriors.
How to Use Food Scraps
- For coffee lovers: Learn how to use coffee ground in the garden. (Green Talk)
- Love grapefruit in the winter? Don’t pitch them . Read 7 Ways to use grapefruit peels (Green Talk)
- Or use grapefruit or orange peels to make orange/grapefruit scented vinegar (Green Talk)
- Don’t pitch the tomato skin and seeds. Learn how to make tomato sauce from scraps. (Creative Green Living.)
- Egg shells are awesome. 7 Ways to use Egg Shells (Green Talk)
- How to use celery leaves. (Green Talk)
- When you buy broccoli or cauliflower at the farmer’s market ask for the leaves. Here is how to use broccoli and cauliflower leaves in dishes. (Green Talk)
- Don’t pitch vegetable peels. Use them to make your own vegetable scrap vegetable broth. (Green Talk)
How to Reuse Leftover Food
- Only need a tablespoon of tomato paste but still have a can full of paste? How to deal with leftover tomato paste. (Green Talk)
- Leftover sweet potatoes? No problem. Read here on how to use them in other recipes. (Natures Mom)
- Still have a rice leftover from last night’s dinner. Read ways to reuse it in different recipes. (Natures Mom)
How to Use Food that is Ready to Spoil
- Bananas turning black? Make banana bread using almost spoiled bananas (Green4U)
- Breading going stale? Make croutons. (Jen and Joey Go Green) or bread crumbs. (Green4U)
How to Prevent Food from Spoiling
- Kale goes bad pretty quickly. Freeze your kale to make smoothies. (I do this too.) (My Plastic Free Life.)
- Going away and have tomatoes in the refrigerator? Freeze tomatoes to prevent spoilage. (Green Talk)
Not sure what to do with your leftovers? Julie of Green Philly Blog suggests using a website like Supercook to create a recipe based upon what you have in the refrigerator (Green Philly Blog)
Join the conversation:
- How do you use your food scraps?
- How to repurpose your leftovers?