Our last article discussed reducing your food waste and offered tips on doing so daily.
Nevertheless, even once you apply these tips, some of your food waste may still end up in the garbage.
You can still give your food waste a second life before even thinking about recycling or composting it. How may you ask? Here are some ideas from our team!
1. Citrus peels
Make a homemade all-purpose cleaner
Save your citrus peels and store them in the freezer as the weeks go by. When you have enough on hand, use them to make an all-purpose cleaner for your surfaces.
How to make your own cleaner? Simply macerate the citrus peels in vinegar for about two weeks, then add water.
The vinegar provides the cleaning properties, while the citrus gives off a pleasant scent for your home. The result is an eco-friendly, economical, and fragrant cleaner! Click here for an easy homemade citrus all-purpose cleaner recipe.
Cook your peels
If you are a fan of citrus fruits, then the peels will please you as well.
Use them in the garden
Once crushed or ground to a fine powder, eggshells can be added to your garden for additional calcium. Crushed or ground, the eggshells will be more easily absorbed and beneficial for the soil.
You should also remove the translucent membrane inside the shell and wait until the soil has softened before adding your eggshells.
Turn them into Easter decorations
As Easter approaches, your eggshells can quickly become a staple of your themed decor by colouring them with natural paint.
Or impress your guests by baking cake in eggshells for some cute Easter treats.
Make a decorative candle
To enhance your decor and create a warm atmosphere, you can also make your own candles in an eggshell. Fun and guaranteed to be original!
Source: Clem Around the Corner
3. Coffee grounds
Did you know that coffee grounds placed in the fridge help absorb odours?
By placing coffee grounds in a small container in your fridge, you can eliminate the unpleasant odours sometimes emitted by leftovers, cheese, or fish.
Make a homemade scrub
A great way to recycle coffee grounds is to make a homemade skin scrub. The coffee’s toning, smoothing, firming, and energizing properties are perfect for restoring your skin's radiance and removing impurities.
4. Vegetable tops (carrots, radishes, turnips, beets, celery, etc.)
We often have the reflex to remove the unloved part of a vegetable and throw the tops away. Break the old habit and turn your vegetable tops into delicious recipes!
For example, you can cook a carrot top pesto. Its taste is more pronounced than regular pesto, and the recipe will introduce you to new flavours.
You can also cook the tops in a soup or the way you would cook spinach, either in a smoothie, a quiche or a stir-fry.
Add flavour to your dishes
Looking for a new flavour to spice up your dishes? Homemade celery salt made from celery stalks will add a little flavour to your favourite recipes.
You can also use it to dress up Bloody Caesars for your guests at your next happy hour.
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5. Bones (poultry, beef, pork, etc.)
Prepare a delicious broth
After preparing your favourite meat, save the bones to make a rich-flavoured broth. Not only is this easy and inexpensive, but it will also fill your home with a comforting scent. Try out this bone broth recipe!
For a vegetarian option, use vegetable scraps: broccoli stalks, carrot and celery tops, bell pepper hearts, etc.
6. Strawberry tails
Add flavour to your liquids
Once your strawberries are hulled, place the leaves in a container filled with boiling water, put it in the fridge and let it sit for 24 hours. Add this delicious strawberry-infused water with Rosemary to your favourite water pitcher or cocktails.
Another great option for using your strawberry tails is making syrup or vinegar from them.
Add them to your smoothies
A delicious smoothie is a perfect way to start the day. In addition to your favourite frozen fruit, add strawberry tails (frozen beforehand) which will go completely unnoticed once crushed.
7. Parmesan Cheese Rind
Enhance your spaghetti sauce
Once your Parmesan brick is completely grated, it can be difficult to find a second use for the rind that seems destined for the trash can.
We suggest adding it to your spaghetti sauce and letting it simmer throughout the preparation. Your taste buds will thank you!
8. Avocado pit
Grow your own avocado tree
Who has never dreamed of having an avocado tree at home? Now you can have one!
To grow your own tree, place the avocado pit in water (which must be changed regularly) to form the roots.
Once the roots appear, the plant will start to grow, and when it reaches 15 cm, it will be time to cut it and plant it in the ground. You can learn the steps here.
9. Green onions
Grow them back
Green onions taste great on just about anything (pasta, salads, pizza, etc.), and you can eat a lot of them in a week. So why not make the most of them?
Once you have reached the end of your green onion, place the bulbs in a glass filled with about 1 inch of water and place it on a windowsill where the bulbs will get sunlight and grow back up to 5 times.
You can also plant them directly in the soil to ensure better growth. The same process can be used for lettuce, bok choy, celery, or leeks.
You are giving a second life to your vegetables in addition to putting your green thumb to work.
Source: Urban Nutritionist
If you don't know what to do with your leftover bread that's starting to get old and dry, turn it into croutons for salad or onion soup.
You can also make your own homemade breadcrumbs to coat your fish or chicken.
Another great option is to salvage your older pieces of bread and turn them into a delectable breakfast: French toast!
Recycle your food waste with Tero
By reusing your food waste for different purposes (household products, recipes, decorations, etc.), you keep it away from the garbage.
In fact, your food waste can be recycled by the Tero* device in just a few hours without any odours.
Its unique drying and grinding technology transforms food waste into a natural nutrient-rich fertilizer. It can be used in the vegetable garden, plants, or lawn to promote soil health.
In addition to getting involved in a circular economy directly from your own home, you will admire the fruits of your labour.
* Except for large bones (beef, pork, chicken drumsticks), which are too strong and could damage the device.
All of these easy, economical, and eco-friendly tips and tricks give you great options for keeping your food waste out of the trash and away from the landfills where it releases methane and pollutes the atmosphere.
By giving your food waste a second life and recycling it properly, you are contributing to a greener future and adopting environmentally responsible habits.
If you have any other ideas for making the most of your food, feel free to share them in the comments!