There is never a good time to spend your hard earned money on food and then let some of it be thrown away.
These are five creative ways to reduce food waste and make the most of your grocery shopping. Your wallet and our planet will thank you!
If the recipe requires fresh lemon juice, don’t discard lemon peel. Zest it, dry on parchment paper and store for later use in airtight container.
You can also use fresh lemon peel for herbal tea. Peel from an entire lemon will come especially handy when brewing ice-tea pitcher for 8-10 servings.
2. Salad Dressing and Dipping Sauce.
You bought a new type of salad dressing or dipping sauce to taste out only to find it being overpoweringly sweet/spicy/fishy/meaty etc. Don’t throw it away, use it as a marinade instead. Both the salad dressings and dipping sauces already contain spices, salt, most likely vinegar as well. As a marinade, the taste of the dressing or sauce will naturally be muted.
When use grated ginger for a recipe don’t discard ginger skin, you can use it to brew delicious ginger tea, or milk ginger tea. You can also dry it up and add when pickling vegetables or marinating meat.
Most cauliflower recipes call for florets only, but its stem is just as edible. Cut the stem in chunks and freeze for later use in soups.
5. Underripe fruits or fruits that look like they gonna go bad very soon.
These normally lack flavor and might also have a bit hard to chew texture. Treat yourself to a delicious homemade fruit jam: Cut or slice the fruits, add sugar, lemon juice and let it sit for about an hour. Then bring to boil and simmer on low for about 30 min, stirring often. Here is a mango raisin recipe to spark your creativity.