If you've read my post about the environmental impact of food waste, you already know that uneaten food is problematic because it is a massive waste of resources and when sent to a landfill, it releases methane gases. This week, I found 15 ways to reduce my food waste, one of them being to cook with scraps I would normally throw out. I'm not much of a chef, but there are plenty of bloggers out there who have shared some scrapstatic recipes. Here are 10 of my favorites:
Vegetable Stock from Veggie Scraps
Stock is the cornerstone of multiple recipes and this post from Greenify Me shows just how easy it is to make your own from veggie scraps. You can also use the bones left behind from meat dishes for a non-vegetarian option.
Carrot Top Pesto
I've thrown away more carrot tops than I can count, but thanks to this recipe from Fork in the Road, they can be the main attraction on pasta night.
Banana Peel Bacon
This recipe from Local Forkful is the perfect option for vegetarians looking for a way to keep "bacon" in their lives.
Apple Core Jelly
Stop throwing out your apple cores and start turning them into jelly with this recipe from They're Not Our Goats.
Candied Citrus Peels
I'll take any opportunity to satisfy my sweet tooth and this recipe from Friendship Bread Kitchen gives me the opportunity to do so without any plastic wrapping.
Croutons from Stale Bread
I always kick myself when the bread goes stale before I've had a chance to eat it, but this recipe from Healing Tomato has shown me how to bring stale bread back to life via croutons.
Strawberry Top Vinegar
Fruity vinaigrettes are my go to salad dressing and now I know how to make it from fruit scraps thanks to this recipe from Mary's Nest.
Potato Peel Crisps
Who needs potato chips when you can make a waste-free substitute from discarded potato peels? Use this recipe from Vegan on Board for a spicy snack.
Watermelon Rind Stir Fry
Every time I eat watermelon I end up with a trash can full of rinds, but this recipe from Susan Cooks Vegan shows us how to turn it into a vegetarian stir fry instead.
Egg Shell Fertilizer
Eggs are a breakfast staple in my house, so we are always overflowing with discarded shells. Fortunately, they are an excellent supplement to the garden. This post from The Reid Homestead shows exactly how to use egg shells to boost plant growth.