Two Simple Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Buy fresh produce in season and freeze!

Consuming fresh produce is valuable for your health, but it is also great for the environment. Eating locally grown foods that are also in season greatly reduces the amount of carbon emissions generated through transportation and storage. Project Drawdown has named the widespread adoption of plant-rich diets as one of the most effective solutions for reducing and sequestering carbon for the atmosphere. One of my favorite things to buy are fresh berries from the farmer’s market. I buy all throughout the summer and store in silicone bags in the freezer to enjoy throughout the colder months.

Reuse food scraps.

The food we eat does not necessarily need to be single use. Saving food scraps like carrot tops, onion peels, potato skins and stems from leafy greens can allow you to give them a second life. These scraps can be used to make vegetable broth that you can use as a base for soups, stews, gravies, and other recipes. You can create delicious meals and your wallet will appreciate it too.

Photo by Sanket Shah on Unsplash

Mixed Berry Sorbet

Ingredients:

  • Juice from half a lemon (~1 tablespoon)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of water (divided)
  1. Purée your berry mixture and ½ cup of water. (You can experiment with your flavor combinations. My personal favorite is equal parts blueberries and blackberries.)
  2. Use a sieve to remove the seeds from the berry purée.
  3. Mix the cooled simple syrup, strained berry purée, and lemon juice in a container. Freeze overnight.

Crockpot Vegetable Scrap Broth

Ingredients:

  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Water
  1. Fill the crockpot with water.
  2. Cover mixture and cook on high for 4 hours (or on low for 8 hours).
  3. Strain out solid materials.
  4. Allow broth to cool completely before storing in the fridge or freezer.

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Moji Igun

Moji Igun

Moji [she/her] is a writer in Seattle, WA. She is the founder of Blue Daisi Consulting which offers zero waste + sustainability consulting to small businesses.