You wouldn’t buy a shirt and then never wear it, or go purchase an iced coffee and never drink it. So why do so many groceries purchases go to waste? Chances are the amount of money you spend on food each week is fairly substantial, and it makes sense to make the most of it – both for your wallet and to keep the waste out of landfills.
Today, we’re encouraging you to take food as a challenge rather than as just simple nourishment. How can you get the absolute most out of the food you purchase? You paid for all of it, so why not use all of it – even the scraps, peels, rinds, and wilted pieces you’d normally throw out? Taking this challenge dares you to be creative with food, think outside the box, and make the most of what you have. But how, exactly, can you take this commitment and put it into practice?
If it’s wilted, bruised, or softening… don’t chuck it, revive it! Most of the time, fruits or veggies that are no longer appetizing in a salad can be cooked up with some spices and made good as new. Spinach and other greens become instantly tasty again when sautéed or thrown into a stew. Fresh herbs can be frozen in olive oil in an ice cube tray for instant flavored cooking oil when you most need it. You can also make these herbs into herb butter for flavorful spreads.
If it’s stale… grind it up and use it as bread crumbs! Stale crackers, bread, and other baked products can easily be thrown into a food processor and made into instant bread crumbs. Old bread can be doused in olive oil and thrown in the oven for some delicious croutons. You can even use it to make a scrumptious bread pudding!
If it’s a peel, rind, or scrap… use it for flavor. Vegetable scraps should all be saved, frozen, and made into a homemade stock for soups, stews, or quinoa. Citrus peels add a ton of flavor to any cooked dish, and can be placed in a cocktail for some added appeal. The green, leafy tops that come on top of fresh carrots, celery, and beets can be added to flavor soups, salads, or used as garnishes to beautify any meal. When thrown in the oven doused in olive oil and rosemary, potato peels become delicious chips. The opportunities are endless when you get a little creative!
How do you make the most of your food and use every last bit? Send us your recipes and tips in the comments below!