What to do with Food Scraps when you Can’t Compost
This week I thought I would share some tips to help reduce food waste, especially if you can’t compost. As well as these tips preventing food from going to landfill, it will also save you money as you can get more meals out of your food!
My favourite thing to do with leftover vegetable peelings (potato, sweet potato, carrots etc) is to make them into crisps. Just toss them in some olive oil and season and then bake for 10 minutes (or until crispy) and voila! Homemade crisps!
2. Banana Skin
I’m not gonna lie, finding out you could eat banana skin was quite a revelation, although admittedly I haven’t quite sussed out how to get it right yet. You can make vegan banana skin bacon (so no need to buy pre-packaged ones), and you can also just add banana skins to any normal dish. This is the recipe I followed for making the banana skin bacon, which is definitely the best one I’ve found so far. Just make sure you scrape out the remains of the banana and wash the skin first and you’re good to go.
3. Coffee Grounds
If you’re a coffee snob (like me) and have a lot of coffee grounds, turning them into a face scrub is a great way of reusing them. Mix the coffee grounds with equal parts coconut oil and brown sugar for an all natural scrub.
4. Carrot Tops
Carrot tops are great for making pesto, my favourite recipe to use is this one, which doesn’t require a lot of effort or ingredients.
Although you can’t technically compost aquafaba (the water in chickpea tins), it’s still something people throw away which has many uses. My favourite use for aquafaba is making vegan meringues (especially because it requires barely any ingredients), but there are so many other things you can make from it such as mouse! So it’s worth saving this from your can of chickpeas.
6. Strawberry Tops
Strawberry tops infused in water are delicious and have the added benefit of flushing out toxins from your body. You can also make a strawberry syrup by dissolving sugar into an equal part of water by heating on the stove and then add the strawberry tops and let them soak for a minimum of an hour. This can be great for cocktails.
You can use any leftover vegetables skins or scraps to make vegetable stock, just boil them in water and then filter out the veg and keep the liquid and then you have vegetable stock ready to go!
8. Lemon & Orange Peel
Lemon peels are one of the most versatile food scraps you can use. Lemon peels are great for cleaning, meaning they’re a natural alternative to the cleaning products you find in the supermarket that are filled with chemicals and come in plastic bottles. You can also make candied peel from lemon or orange peels, and you only need sugar and water as well as the peels to make some tasty sweets. This is my favourite recipe to use!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my article this week! Please try out out these swaps and let me know how it goes for you.