Zero waste cooking isn’t reserved for
restaurants and cafés. You can join the battle against food waste from
the comfort of your own home and give your meals a flavour-boost in
the process. Our tips will help you hit the ground running with your
zero waste mission:
Everyday tips for zero waste cooking
1. Turn scraps into stock
Did you know that the skins, stems,
and ends from your veggies can be used to make a tasty stock? Dump
them into a pot with cold water and simmer for half an hour.
2. Bulk buy
Giant bags of rice, seeds and other
dried goods will last in the cupboard for ages and can help you cut
down on the amount of packaging (and money) you waste.
3. Always shop with a list
You can cut down your food shop
waste by writing up a week’s meal plan, then only buying the
ingredients you need. You’ll stand less chance of wasting fresh
ingredients and will be able to empty your cupboards before the next shop.
4. Put your freezer to work
Freezers are a zero waste chef’s
best friend. Fresh favourites, like avocados, bananas, spinach, sliced
bread, and leafy herbs like mint, tarragon and basil can all be frozen.
5. Get composting
Did you know that you don’t even
need a garden to compost your waste? Check your local authorities to
see what schemes are available in your area.
6. Go straight to the source
Local greengrocers and butchers have
the fresh produce you need—just take along some reusable bags or
containers and you’re good to go!
Johnnie’s zero waste kitchen mantra is
proof that sustainability looks good, tastes good and does good. Just
a few small changes to our daily routines can really make an impact,
not just on our bank balances, but to the environment and the
community. Definitely food for thought.