From trash to treasure: How to recycle kitchen waste and save the planet
From lemon peels to eggshells, unleash the hidden benefits of repurposing kitchen waste
Every day, our kitchens produce a significant amount of waste, ranging from fruit and vegetable peels to leftover food scraps. However, what if we told you that these seemingly useless remnants could be transformed into a valuable resource that benefits the environment?
Chef Kunal Kapur emphasizes the importance of sustainability and the collective awareness surrounding it. He said,“I think we all talk about sustainability. We all know what has to be done. But someone has to start it. As responsible chefs, hoteliers, investors, restaurateurs, or someone in the food business, we are the first line which actually put wheels into motion.”
This World Environment Day, let's explore the wonderful world of recycling kitchen waste and discover how small changes in our daily routines can make a substantial difference in creating a greener and more sustainable future.
Discover a smarter approach to reusing wet waste!
For instance, did you know that lemon peels can be transformed into an organic cleaner? Simply fill two-thirds of a jar with vinegar, add lemon peels, and let the mixture sit. Finally, add water to create a perfect cleaner that can be used for dishes, kitchen surfaces, and more. Don't be too hasty to discard your bread crumbs either. Instead, consider freezing or refrigerating them for later use.
The next time you prepare a burger patty or a deep-fried snack, you can utilize ground bread crumbs for a flawless coating. It's as simple as that!
Love eggs? You can use egg shells as a good additive to your pet’s food too! Wash the eggshells thoroughly, and bake them for 8-10 minutes. Next, grind them to a fine powder, and add it to your pets’ food for a boost of calcium!
Make the most of the dry waste from your kitchen!
For example, repurpose cardboard paper towel rolls to organize cables or neatly store Diwali lights, avoiding tangled messes. Empty glass containers can serve as pen holders or be used to store various food items in a more sustainable manner compared to plastic.
Not sure what to do with vegetable mesh bags? Give them a creative touch by adding fancy bows, colors, and decorations, and repurpose them as gift bags. Alternatively, you can utilize these sturdy bags to clean dirty pans, saving you from using disposable options.
This World Environment Day, lets promise to better utilise old kitchen waste, and reduce waste generation.
Do you know some other kitchen hacks which can help reuse waste? Let us know in the comments section below