by Katrina Pfannkuch
Reducing food waste has a positive impact on the environment and your wallet. To help do your part and keep a few extra pennies in your pocket, try repurposing common food scraps:
- Turn the heels of stale bread into croutons. Toast them in the oven until crisp then add a drizzle of olive oil, salt and a bit of your favorite seasonings. Store in an airtight container. To make bread crumbs, pulse the plain toasted cubes in a food processor until finely ground.
- Wilted greens may not be great in a salad, but they’re perfect in a rice or egg dish. Also add them to a creamy risotto or frittata.
- Take the Parmigiano cheese rind and toss it into sauces and soups for added flavor; remove before serving.
- Clean the bones from a chicken, roast or other meat and place them into a pot with water, vegetables and seasonings to make a flavorful stock.
- Herb stems can be added to soups, stocks or braises for extra flavor. Tie together the stems with a clean piece of kitchen string then add them into the pot; remove string before serving.
- Take root ends of onions and place them in a shallow dish of water until they start sprouting again.
- Use cereal crumbs from non-sugar cereals to make a great crust for chicken, fish or meat.