3 Tips For A Zero Waste Kitchen [Part II]
After having read all of your suggestions, comments, and requests. We’ve decided on making a part two for tips on making your kitchen a zero waste zone. Combining this list with the previous one will guarantee a minimal amount of wastage, and your impact on the environment will be much of a less one than compared to before.
Nonetheless, we are not going to promise you that this transition will be easy, as your current routine is a habit and it takes a bit of work and patience to break an old habit. The results though will be much appreciated though, once you get into the groove of maintaining a waste free zone in the confines of your home.
Here’s a list of a few other tips, that will be sure to change the amount of product you waste, along with the conditions in your kitchen.
1. Fewer Ingredients Equals Less Waste
Before heading out to the grocery store to stock up on missing ingredients why not check your cupboards and see what you’ve got. There are plenty of tricks out there, where if you combine two products it’ll create that missing ingredient. Also don’t be afraid to improvise within the kitchen, don’t follow the recipe, and try making something new with the products that you’ve got already. Who knows, you might just cook up something that not only will be delicious but will become a house favorite!
2. On Your Next Shopping Trip Bring Reusable Bags & Containers
Reading you might be thinking, didn’t they say that we should avoid using plastic? Yes, we’re still sticking with that notion. For reusable bags, invest in cloth bags; they’re durable, reusable and if they get dirty you can always pop them in the washer and it’ll be good as new. If you’re going to a grocery store that has seed, dry fruits, and grain dispensers bring with you a couple of mason jars to store those condiments in. That way you’ll be sure to avoid using those plastic jars that are provided at the grocery store. If you’re also thinking of going the further mile, when it comes to wasting less, invest in metal containers to store products like fish and meat. That way you’ll be sure to reduce the amount of waste by a lot.
3. Find A Purpose For Scraps
Other than throwing your orange scraps into the compost, you can keep the peels and set them out around the living area, as well as the kitchen. Orange scraps are great for keeping mosquito’s away, along with other pesky insects. Orange peels are also known for getting rid of scents that are musky, and not necessarily pleasant. If you’re left with seeds, or some roots think of regrowing those veggies and fruits! It might be a bit time to consume, but you’ll be sure to have great veggies and fruits in the end, that you yourself have grown. Scallions are great for reusing, pop the root into a jar of water and let it rest in the sun. You’ll have fresh scallions in no time.
4. Bulk Can Be Your Best Friend
Stock up on necessities, and buy what you know won’t go out of date within a week. Buy those products in bulk, it’ll allow you to stop buying separately packaged products of the same thing. Bulk products are also often cheaper, so you’ll be sure to save some money. If you’ll be buying products that have a long shelf life, you’ll be avoiding wasting fossil fuels for every grocery run you go on.
Do you have any tips for avoiding waste, and making your kitchen a zero waste zone? Let us know!