This is the second part of Frannie’s dive into reducing food waste at home. To read the first part, click here.
Do you like to cook? Frannie does!
There are ways to reduce food waste and save water even when you’re preparing food and cooking food.
To make sure our food is clean, we should wash our fruits and vegetables even if they come in a bag. Before turning on the tap, put a bowl in sink to catch the dirty water. When you are done washing your food, you can use the water on your houseplants or garden instead of letting it run down the sink. You can also do this with the water you have used to boil fruits, vegetables, and eggs after, of course, you let it cool.
As pointed out last week, you can easily use vegetable peelings to start your own compost pile, but did you know you can also some vegetable food waste to make soup? Save your carrot and celery ends and freeze them for up to six months and boil them in water to make a delicious vegetable broth. You can also do this with vegetables that are beginning to get old by simply cutting away any bad parts and chopping them into large chunks.
Want a meat broth instead? Save bones and scraps leftover from your pork chops or chicken and add them to boiling water or the veggie broth.
When your bread goes stale, you can break it into pieces and make homemade croutons or breadcrumbs using recipes like this one. If you want to try something a bit different, try these cornbread croutons!
Even cheese can be reused. After cutting away the Parmesan rind, turn it into a nice cheesy broth for a Wisconsin Cheese soup or a creamy pasta sauce for your next Italian night.