Turning Food Waste Into New Food

As humans, we all eat food and produce food waste. Some more than others. If you are eating right, you will only have the kind of food waste that you get when you’ve truly used up all you can of the food. There are such horrid amounts of food being wasted across the world. People make a meal and throw it out because they lost their appetite. People see an apple with a small mark and toss the entire apple. They see a box of tomatoes and one is bad and then they toss them all. It’s ridiculously wasteful.

What kind of food waste do you produce?

Most food waste can be re-purposed before you decide to compost it.

Here below is a list of the most common types of food waste and what you can do to make use of them.

Onion peel - use to dye fabric

Fish or seafood - make broth and freeze, dry and use as a base in soup

Bones - make broth and freeze

Vegetable scraps - make broth and freeze

Coffee grounds - use in your garden to repel pests, place it on your icy driveway to prevent to make it more safe, dry it and use it in a cabinet or refrigerator to neutralise the scent, keep it under your sink and rub it on your hands after handling something smelly to remove the scent, give your wooden furniture an antique look or dye cloth with it, dry it and mix it with sugar for an anti cellulite sugar-scrub

Banana peel - fertiliser for roses, banana peel stew and a bunch of other delicious Asian recipes, shine shoes or silver, clean water (it absorbs heavy metals), whiten teeth, rub on mosquito bites, place on bruises to reduce them and make them heal faster, apply on skin to fight wrinkles, mix baking powder, banana peel and water and use on dry skin

Apple scraps - make a simple apple scrap vinegar, if there’s enough on them - make apple sauce, dehydrate, grind and use as an autumn spice

Dry bread - make seed crackers or bread budding, make croutons, turn into breadcrumbs that you use for baking, roast into biscuits, use in homemade pesto, or throw some water on it and put it in the microwave or oven to revive it

Orange peel - use in a bath, add to water and vinegar for a natural cleansing agent, or turn into potpourri

Lemons - use in a bath, use to clean the toilet or add to water and vinegar for a natural cleansing agent

Seeds - dry them and use them in your garden

Salad or celery or anything with a root/roots - re-grow them in a vase of water

If you have potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic or beets that have started sprouting, don’t throw them out. Keep them in a paper bag in a cool area and check them often to make sure they’re okay and aren’t moulding. Then, as soon as the weather is good enough, plant them in a combination of soil and compost. Soon enough you’ll have grown your own food.

When you’ve used up what you can of your food waste, use what you have left in your Bokashi and turn it into soil and fertiliser, or use it in a home biogas unit that turns your food waste into gas for your stove. That’s a simple way to deal with the waste and not have to pay for electricity to cook. Combine that with a wonderbag and you’ll have a fully sustainable way to cook your meals and even bake. You place the waste in the biogas unit and turn on the stove. You warm up your pot and its content on the stove and when the pot is warm and the content is boiling, you shut the stove off and place the pot in the wonderbag. The wonderbag will then continue to cook the food until it is done, without any electricity. It is a non-electric slowcooker. I myself have one and I use it every time I cook or bake. I’ve used it to bake chocolate cake and bread, and I’ve cooked anything from potatoes to vegan sukiyaki in it.

When you have limited your own food waste as much as you can, why not take it one step further and try to limit society’s food waste as well. Try your hand at dumpster diving and limit society’s waste while eliminating your own food bills.

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