We all have them: Be it that mouldy pickle jar, a foul fruit, or simple vegetable cuttings, we all have the odd kitchen waste. But, waste is the wrong word! There are many things we can do with our food scraps. Read on to find out how! These tips will show you how to effectively reduce the amount of food you throw away, thereby helping the planet and maybe even saving some money.
As a general rule, all uncooked vegetables and fruit can be chucked on the compost – except lemon and orange peels. If you live in a city, just save your waste in a special bin and it will be collected for you (at least, that’s what it’s like in Switzerland). If you live in the countryside, why not make your own compost heap? This will provide excellent earth for your garden or potted plants.
Feed the Farm
Is there a farm near your home? If so, ask the farmer whether he would like to feed your scraps to his livestock. For example, pigs or chickens are often fed leftovers, as they are omnivores. You can put all your leftover dishes in a bin, then bring it to the farm once or twice a week. Who knows, you might get some free fresh produce in return! Alternatively, a zoo or circus may be interested too.
If you have bread, cake or pie leftovers, you can feed these to the birds. In a city, this may be important for their survival. Just make sure you don’t dump it somewhere where birds are unwanted, such as near a street café.
Make a New Dish
If your leftovers aren’t spoiled, make a new dish out of them. Again, a great way to save some money! Research the different kinds of dishes you can make with leftovers – there are countless possibilities. As a start, check out “Five Great Cooking Tips” for some examples, or “Two Hot Lunch Recipes Cooked in 10 Minutes” for two adaptable meals.
As you see, there is a lot you can do with simple kitchen scraps. You’ll be surprised at what you will gain by simply reusing and recycling these wastes. Try it out!
Want to grow your own fruit and veggies? “Five Easy Ways to Create an Environmentally Friendly Garden”