Hello fellow bloggers and readers! Happy #worldnatureconservationday! That was a mouthful, both literally and figuratively. In order to eat a mouthful, you need to have something to put in your mouth. Which brings us to the next issue - it is not just important to conserve elements of nature in terms of creating a better living environment, but also to create a sustainable environment for food production.
To produce food, we rely on various sources of nature – water, animals, land, soil, air. But over a period of time, all of these sources seem to have suffered because of human activities. Water is not only important for general security but also for food security. With agriculture accounting for 70% withdrawals from fresh water sources, you can only imagine the toll it’s taking on the water system.
Animals are abused and kept in torturous environments. Land and soil are also under constant destruction because of constant farming activities. And the worst part? All of the suffering goes in vain when food is wasted. Around 30 per cent of the food produced worldwide – about 1.3 billion tons – is lost or wasted every year.
Waste is something that has served its purpose and can be used no further. The same logic is used in the kitchen as well. As food wastage continues to rise, it is extremely important to understand and deal with this issue. According to a food waste fact sheet compiled by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, GCC countries are among the top food wasters. This makes it even more essential to utilize your produce to the maximum. It’s not only good for the environment, but also good for your wallet. Turn your waste from drab to fab with these top 5 tips!
Potato peels: Turn potato peels into fancy nachos for a movie night. Preheat the oven to 180° C. In a bowl, add potato peels, olive oil, salt, pepper, red chili flakes and mix together. Put this mix onto a lined baking sheet and bake until golden brown.
Herb stalks: Use herb stalks in your stocks to make a flavorful base for any soup or sauce!
Scrap garden: Grow your own mini herb garden from celery, scallion and garlic scraps. To plant celery, place the root end in a shallow bowl of water. Once it sprouts leaves, transfer it to a gardening pot filled with soil.
Bread: Blitz together parsley, stale bread, salt, and pepper for a brilliant crumbing for your precious steaks!
Lemon peels: Add finely chopped lemon peels to any vinaigrette to give your salad dressings a zingy boost!
As the popular saying ‘prevention is better than the cure’ goes, try avoiding buying produce which has a chance of being wasted. Buy only how much you need. Have any more tips on how to use scraps and wastes from the kitchen? Share with us at #AlGourmet!