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16 Simple Scrappy Recipes

Simple Recipes to Use Kitchen Scraps and Avoid Waste


Welcome to our blog! Today, we're diving into an essential topic—how to use kitchen scraps to create delicious recipes and avoid waste. If you're passionate about reducing food waste and love cooking, this post is for you.


Why Reducing Food Waste Matters


The world wastes about 2.5 billion tons of food annually, with the United States leading in food waste at nearly 60 million tons per year. That’s roughly 40% of all food produced in the country. Not only is this wasteful, but it also represents a massive environmental and economic issue. By rethinking how we use food scraps, we can make a positive impact.


Tips to Organize Your Fridge to Reduce Waste


1. Separate Fruits and Vegetables:** Keep fruits and vegetables in separate compartments to maintain optimal humidity for each.

2. Use an “Eat First” Basket:** Designate a basket for items that need to be consumed soon.

3. Avoid Plastic Bags: Use glass containers to see what you have and avoid the "out of sight, out of mind" problem.


16 Recipes to Make from Kitchen Scraps


1. Salad:

- Use leftover veggies and fruits.

- Add nuts, meats, or cheese.

- Mix different textures and flavors for a hearty salad.


2. Soup:

- Freeze leftover vegetable bits to make broth.

- Add any veggies and leftover meats.

- Use canned items like beans to enhance the flavor.


3. Charcuterie Board

- Use small amounts of leftover fruits, veggies, nuts, and cheese.

- Arrange them attractively for a snack or appetizer.


4. Pasta Dish

- Mix cooked pasta with leftover veggies, meats, and a bit of cheese or butter.

- Add fresh herbs and lemon juice for extra flavor.


5. Omelet

- Use bits of leftover veggies, meats, and cheese.

- Perfect for a quick and nutritious meal.


6. Potato Skins

  • Roast leftover potato skins with olive oil and salt.

- Makes a delicious and crispy snack.


7. Potato Cakes

- Mix leftover mashed potatoes with an egg.

- Fry them into cakes and enjoy with herbs or cheese.


8. Potato Hash

- Combine chopped potatoes with onions, peppers, and any other leftovers.

- Sauté for a flavorful breakfast or side dish.


9. Broccoli Stems

- Peel the tough outer layer of broccoli stems.

- Slice them into straws and eat raw or sautéed.


10. Raspberry Dressing

- Use mushy raspberries to make a salad dressing.

- Mix with vinegar, olive oil, and mustard.


11. Bananas

- Freeze overripe bananas for smoothies.

- Slice before freezing for easy use.


12. Banana Bread

- Use overripe bananas to make banana bread.

- Great way to use bananas that are too sweet for eating raw.


13. Cooking with Fat

- Save bacon fat to use for cooking eggs or vegetables.

- Adds extra flavor to your dishes.


14. Watermelon Rind Pickles

- Pickle watermelon rinds for a unique treat.

- Follow a simple recipe to try this Southern favorite.


15. Cucumbers

- Add leftover cucumber slices to water for a refreshing drink.

- Use cucumber slices on your face for a quick spa treatment.


16. Stale Bread

- Freeze stale bread to make breadcrumbs or stuffing.

- Crush frozen bread with a meat pounder if you don’t have a food processor.


Conclusion


By using these simple recipes, you can significantly reduce your food waste and create delicious meals from scraps. Share your favorite food scrap recipes with us using the hashtag #Scraptastic. Together, we can make a difference.


Additional Tips


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Simply,

B.

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