NEW! How to Reduce Food Waste: A Zero Waste Food Guide for real people. Link here.
One of the most important values of Maritime Glutton is the desire to cut back on food waste. There's tons of articles that cite ideas from composting, a broth scrap bag and even growing food from scraps (mostly veggies).
Most of my recipes have a section dedicated to using scraps (think banana peels, asparagus ends and radish tops), but another great focus is trying to give other recipe suggestions from myself as well as other bloggers on "how to use up a lot of ____".
Before I started cooking for my job, I always hated recipes that only called for ¼ cup of a fresh piece of produce because I never knew how to use the rest. This page will be added to constantly with ideas on how to use things that are normally wasted, scraped or just not given the love it deserves. I have the comments open on this page for suggestions on how you reduce your food waste in your home kitchen.
One of my most useful posts is a full list on what can and can't be used in broths and stocks. I would always wonder "what can I use in broth?" but could never find a comprehensive resource. So I made one here.
Zero Waste Recipes
Here's a list of my favorite recipes that use food scraps in unique and creative ways. If you have a recipe you love, make sure to send it to me on Instagram.
Have an ingredient you're looking to use up? Check out my guides on what to do with... to decide what to do with all your leftovers after making a recipe including egg whites, egg yolks and buttermilk.
Asparagus End Soup - Uses either whole asparagus or just the woody ends.
How to Grow Mung Bean Sprouts - A simple, fuss-free guide to turning mung beans into bean sprouts at home, and very cheaply.
Dehydrated Potato Hash Browns - A recipe to recreate shelf-stable hash browns for camping or emergency prep. Perfect to use potatoes that are about to go bad.
Banana Compost Tea - Keep your bananas in a mason jar filled with water and use the compost liquid to fertilize your plants.
Zero Waste Pesto - A pesto made with radish tops, carrot tops or any other green you have. There's also ingredient substitutions for the nuts and options to make it vegan.
What Can I Use in Broth or Stock? - A comprehensive list of the best (and worst) ingredients to use in a homemade broth. Covers herbs, vegetables, proteins and misc kitchen scraps.