Zero waste kitchen hacks
30/11/2016 4:43 PM
Throwing out large amounts of food waste can not only generate more landfill, it can also cost a lot. The Youth Food Movement (YFM) states that ‘Australian households waste over $1000 each on food a year, filling up almost half our bins.’
YFM is a youth led grassroots movement that is tackling food waste head off , stating that ‘globally, if the greenhouse gas emissions from food waste was a country, it’d be the third biggest contributor to climate change.’
Home landfill bins are often made up of 50% organic waste that could have been composted, used in a worm farm or prevented from being generated in the first place through some simple ‘zero waste hacks’.
To help our kitchens get closer to zero waste 1 Degree has compiled a list of ‘hacks’ and resources below.
CREATIVE HACKS TO GIVE FOOD A SECOND LIFE
- Using milk close to its use by date to make cottage cheese:
- Reusing coffee grounds for your garden, fireplace, cleaning, odor removal, marinating meat, washing your hair and even exfoliating your skin!
- Regrowing spring onions for endless use by putting the white ends in a glass and putting them in sunlight:
- Using stale bread to make garlic croutons:
- Rejuvenate stale chips and crackers by cooking them:
- Turn brown bananas into banana bread or cake:
- Leftover pasta and sauce becoming pasta pies or pasta fritters:
- Hamburger and hot dog bun leftovers can become breakfast pastries
- Mashed potato can be turned into potato rolls:
RESOURCES FOR ZERO WASTE KITCHEN RECIPES AND TIPS
- Pinterest’s Pinned Collection of Zero Waste Recipes
- The Zero Waste Chef’s tips on using jars to freeze food, cooking tutorials and recipes
- Going Zero Waste’s recipes and tips
- Love Food Hate Waste’s recipes, portion calculator, meal planners and money and waste saving app
- YFM SpoonLed tips on upcycling your leftovers
Do you have any zero waste kitchen hacks you think should be included? We’d love to hear you ideas, email us at 1 Degree@news.com.au.