Most of our kitchen garbage bags and trash bins are filled with peels, expired food, leftovers, bones, and crusts. Too bad that aside from the fact that they stink so much when they rot, we waste a lot of money on food that we just sometimes forget in our fridges. Well, here are some tips that can help you not just to reduce the waste from your kitchen, but even save money on food.
1. Vegetable stock from leftovers
You can create a homemade veggie stock from meals you have prepared throughout the week. Instead of just tossing away the peels, skins, and stems that are produced from cooking stews, salad, fries, and other dishes, just save them in a stockpot. Just make sure that you do not include any inedible materials like rubber bands or twist ties. Then, once you have already gathered enough stock, you can make broth from it. With this, you lessen the rotting trash in the kitchen, and you could enjoy a nutritious vegetable stock.
2. Broth from leftover bones
Just like with the veggie stock, you can also make a special dinner from the leftover bones in your Thanksgiving party. You can use fish, turkey, or chicken bones for this. You do this by stocking the bones in a stockpot, and then you simmer it. Make sure that you carefully strain your broth to remove all the tiny, translucent, pointy bones that could hurt your tongue or throat. You can add herbs and other seasonings to make the broth tastier.
3. Herb preservation
Sometimes, we think that buying herbs in large batches would save us time and effort from going to and fro the grocery store. However, you have to admit that there are many times, when you just end up tossing away wasted herbs from the fridge—and this does not save you money. If you are fond of buying herbs in bulk, save money by carefully preserving your herbs, so they can last longer. You can do this by covering the herbs with olive oil instead of water, and then freezing them in the fridge.
4. Use all veggie parts
Another way to save money and reduce waste is by using all parts of vegetables. Most vegetables are edible from root to leaf. Therefore, why not be creative by including all of the parts in your dishes?
These are just some of the ideas that can help you minimize the waste that your kitchen produces. This does not just help you save money, you also discover creative ways to stay healthy.