No more waste, reduce your kitchen waste

No more waste, reduce your kitchen waste

Audrey Rouby

The kitchen is undoubtedly the room in the house where there is the greatest production of waste, whether food or not. Reducing the production of waste is a goal that many wish to undertake without really knowing how to do it. Even if you recycle and compost, there are still plenty of small, easy things you can do every day. Discover them without further delay.

Single-use products

These products are easily replaced by ecological and reusable equivalents. Here are a few examples:

  • Replace the absorbent paper with washable pieces of cloth.
  • Replace the plastic stretch wrap with beeswax wrap. This adheres well to different surfaces and is ideal for wrapping your fruits and vegetables.
  • Use washable sponges or a wooden brush for washing dishes.
  • Replace re-sealable plastic bags with washable, reusable snack and sandwich bags.
  • Use fabric bags or reuse your paper bags for grocery shopping for fruits and vegetables.
  • Replace paper muffin cups with washable silicone cups or simply butter the cavities of your foil cups.
  • Replace the baking paper with a silicone baking mat.

Bulk

Buying in bulk makes it easy to reduce your waste in the kitchen. In addition, bulk allows you to pay only for the product, ignoring the marketing or the brand you are used to paying for in groceries:

  • Dry food products: nuts, dried fruit, flour, pasta, coffee, tea
  • Fresh food products: eggs, milk, tofu, cheese, yogurt, hummus, fruits, vegetables
  • Zero waste items of all kinds: bamboo toothbrush, reusable snack bags, wooden brushes for washing dishes, etc.

Cooking your whole food

Cooking whole foods may seem obvious. But maybe you are throwing away parts of perfectly edible food, without questioning yourself.

For example, the leaves of cauliflower. are quite edible and could go very well with a green soup. Just like the broccoli stems. Peel them lightly, slice them into sticks and they will make excellent raw vegetables!

Look at fruits and vegetables as if you are cooking them for the first time and think about what you could do with each of their parts. You can also reuse the coffee grounds to add it to your dessert recipes for example! Using your food to the fullest before composting it will save you money and be good for the environment!

Freeze your food

Vegetable peels, leaves, less fresh fruits and vegetables… These foods are still good for consumption if you give them a second chance. Even if their appearance changes slightly or you think they are good for composting, think again! Whether it's cooking a tasty vegetable broth, making fruity smoothies or compotes, there are many ways to maximize the use of a food.

As for fruit, keep the leaves of your strawberries in the freezer and then use them to flavor lemonade or even make syrups. Do the same with your soft fruit and bake a tasty pie when you have accumulated enough!

Do you have any other tips for reducing your waste? Share them with us.

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