Food waste is a real pain in the neck for the world. By 2050, the world needs to produce at least 50% more food to feed 9 billion people. However, 25% of crop yield may reduce due to climate change. Most of the supermarkets, food manufacturing companies, restaurants, municipalities and the federal government start adopting practices and strategies for reducing food waste. It is also important for us to reduce food waste in our own kitchens!
Here are 5 examples of giving a new life to food waste:
1. Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple peels and cores always get left every time when you ate an apple. Instead of throwing them away, you can actually make them into homemade apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can be easily made with apple scraps, sugar and water. It does take two weeks to ferment, but all great things take time! You can enjoy a jar of apple cider vinegar thereafter. Most importantly, it costs you nothing while combats food waste at the same time!
2. Banana Ice Cream
Bananas ripen within a few days. A lot of us won’t eat overripe bananas simply because they don’t look to good, taste too great and they’re extra mushy. But you can simply turn that into your very own homemade banana ice cream! Freeze the overripe bananas overnight and blend them using blender or food processor to make delicious ice cream. Thanks to the high pectin content in bananas, the ice cream is creamy and rich. And yes, you only need one ingredient to make it. But of course, you can get creative and add other ingredients like peanut butter or chocolate chips to bring your ice cream up a level.
3. Rice Pudding
We usually cook fried rice using our leftover rice. Do you know leftover cooked rice can be transformed into dessert too? With an equal part of leftover rice and milk, you can simmer it in a pot with constant stirring until it boils. Add any form of sweetener (like honey or sugar) if you like your desserts sweet and top off with cinnamon, cocoa powder or.. anything you fancy! The rice pudding can be served cold or right after cooking and you can keep your rice pudding in fridge for about 4 days.
4. Okara Patties
Okara is the residue of making soy milk and tofu – it contains a high amount of protein (40% on a dry weight basis) with good essential amino acid profile and digestibility. In simpler words, it’s a great substitute for meat. Simply mix the dried and mashed okara with flour and some seasoning and shape them into the shape of patties. You can bake or fry the patties upon your preference. Other than reducing food waste, you are saving the environment by going meatless!
5. Pickled foods
Pickling is a food preservation method that has been around and utilised for years by many different cultures. So it’s a no brainer to pickle leftover food at home to reduce food waste – you can pickle any surplus fruits and vegetables you have before waiting for them to turn bad. All you need is some vinegar, sugar, salt and water for your pickling liquid and you’re free to pickle whatever produce you want! Alternatively, you can also get your own jar of our Grub Homemade Kimchi, selling at only RM9.00 a jar.