9 WAYS TO USE KITCHEN SCRAPS
Did you know that 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted annually across the world? According to the Upcycling Food Association, upcycling is the practice of transforming by-products, waste materials and unusable or unwanted products into value-added products. When you use food scraps, not only are you reducing food waste, but you are also reducing methane emissions from landfills and lowering your carbon footprint. Here are a few creative ways to upcycle to get you started.
1. Turn beet greens into pesto or chimichurri.
2. Transform almond pulp (from homemade almond milk) into grain-free crackers.
3. Pickle Swiss chard stems and watermelon rinds to add a bright, acidic note to your meal.
4. Take the pulp from juicing fruits and vegetables and turn it into a fruity granola.
5. Thinly slice broccoli stems and bake them into chips or slice them lengthwise into “fries.”
6. Save vegetable skins, stems and shavings and use to make a flavorful stock.
7. The liquid from a can of chickpeas (known as aquafaba) can transform into a replacement for egg whites in sweet dishes such as meringues. (Drain the liquid, whip it to soft peaks and then use it as a stand-in for eggs.)
8. Purée wilted herbs and place into ice cube trays and cover with either water or extra-virgin olive oil; freeze and use for a pop of flavor with eggs or to boost the flavor of a homemade sauce or soup.
9. Add citrus peels to a spray bottle of white vinegar and water for an effective all-purpose cleaner.