Food Waste Hacks! – Mind Over Munch

Food Waste Hacks! – Mind Over Munch

July 26, 2019 100 By William Morgan


Approximately 30 to 40 percent 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 each year.
Reducing food losses by only 15 percent would
be enough food to feed
more than 25 million Americans per year!
What can you do to help?
Hey munchies!
Welcome if you’re new, I’m Alyssia,
and today I wanted to share some cool food
waste HACKS,
since a lot of you have commented saying you’re
trying to waste less
and work on sustainability in your own home,
which is awesome.
First up: Using leftover veggie scraps for
a homemade vegetable broth!
It couldn’t be easier.
Simply 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.
Stay away from broccoli, cauliflower, turnips
and artichokes
as their flavors an be very overpowering in
a stock.
To make your broth, roughly chop the vegetables,
no need to peel,
and then feel free to add herbs for flavor.
Throw everything in a pot with a few extra
inches of water on top, and stir.
Bring to a light boil, turn down the heat
to medium low, and cook for an hour or so,
stirring occasionally.
Strain the mixture and divide into storage
containers.
Cool completely, and these will last a week
in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer!
Roast Potato Skins .
Don’t toss those potato skins!
You CAN actually add those to a broth, too,
but if you want a crispy treat, simply dry
off the skins,
transfer them to a bowl and toss with olive
oil, salt, pepper,
or whatever other spices you want.
Add to a tray lined with parchment and bake
them up until crispy,
flipping halfway through.
Feel free to add cheese and chives and let
that melt up on top
to make this a fun “nacho-like” treat,
but they’re also delicious on their own!
DIY Breadcrumbs.
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!
Store in an airtight container in the fridge
for up to a month,
or in the freezer for 3 months!
Freeze your herbs!
I don’t know about you, but I almost NEVER
use up my bunches of herbs
and feel awful tossing them.
You can also 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 to retain the color and
flavor.
Once frozen, you can keep them in a freezer
bag for easy storage,
and use whenever you need!
They may wilt a little when thawed, but they’re
good-as-new in terms of flavor!
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And go ahead and hit that bell, would ya?!
Buy bruised fruit!
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!
A lot of times bruised fruit is on sale, too!
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!
Pumpkin dog treats.
Another seasonal ingredient I always seem
to have leftover this time of year
is canned pumpkin.
I love to use extra to make dog treats for
my sweet pup!
Simply 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!
Calcium canine supplement.
Speaking of pups,
did you know that egg shells contain tons
of nutrients your dog appreciates?
You can save your egg shells to make a nutritious
canine calcium supplement,
that’s also helpful with stomach issues!
Use local, organic eggs if you can, and save
them from your soft or hard boiled eggs,
or from fresh eggs!
Wash empty egg shells in warm water until
the white is removed,
but don’t remove the thin membrane because
that has great nutrients for your pups joints.
Lay out the broken shells to dry,
and then break them up into smaller pieces
and grind into a powder.
I used a coffee grinder.
Keep in a dry place for up to 2 months, and
they can also be stored in a freezer.
Check with your vet for dosing,
but if you’re using ground egg shells as
a calcium supplement for your homemade diet,
you’ll add about a quarter to a half teaspoon
of the powder to their dog food.
Egg yolk face mask.
So what else can we do with eggs?
How about using up those egg yolks!
A lot of recipes use the whites only, but
keep the yolks for a homemade face mask!
Mash a quarter of a ripe avocado in a bowl
until it’s free of lumps.
Add 1 egg yolk and a teaspoon of yogurt, mixing
until smooth.
Apply to your face using clean fingertips
and let it sit for 15 minutes, until dry.
Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
This mask is nourishing, soothing and hydrating!
There are TONS of recipes online for egg yolk
masks,
but I wanted to try this one because I love
avocado EVERYTHING!
Can I just please get a thumbs up for putting
that on my face for this episode.
It actually was really nice, but I mean, come
on…
Recycled coffee grounds.
The last hack of the day is to 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.
Some people also claim that coffee grounds
are a natural repellant!
Sprinkle your grounds in areas where you don’t
want pests—
insects and animals are repelled by the strong
smell of the grounds.
I don’t know if that’s proved by science,
but if it works, it’s pretty cool!
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Feel free to share some of your own sustainability
practices in the comments below.
I will see you next week for another episode,
and remember,
it’s all a matter of Mind Over Munch!