Helping the Environment Starts in Your Own Kitchen

Every year, a third of the world’s food is tossed out, leaving a huge impact on the environment. But you can help reduce this number, and it’s as easy as mixing up a cocktail, making a meal from scraps or adding that last bit of leftover wine to recipes.
Photo by Penny De Los Santos / Styling by Mariana Velasquez

Approximately 1.3 billion metric tons of food is thrown out annually, and that waste emits 3.3 billion metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It’s easy to forget that even tossing out food scraps adds up, and pouring small amounts of unfinished drinks down the drain still equates to wasted water and energy. If these carbon emissions were from one country, they’d be the third-largest polluter in the world, says The Economist.

But thankfully, there are things we can do right in our own homes to reduce food waste and our carbon footprint, and it’s as simple as making delicious meals and drinks with ingredients you may not normally think of.

The Winemakers Working for Environmental Change
  1. Photo by Penny De Los Santos / Styling by Mariana Velasquez
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    Bread Salad with Carrot-Top Pesto

    Instead of throwing out the tops of carrots, chop them up and make them into a delicious pesto to top this fresh but hearty salad, which also calls for bread that’s a little past its prime.

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    Grilled Peach Panzanella with Almond Essence Vinaigrette

    Think day old sourdough can’t make a meal? Think again, it’s the base of this salad and it pairs perfectly with the grilled peaches’ caramelized sugars.

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    Celery Root and Celery Leaf Salad

    This recipe will show you that celery is much more than just the stalk, as it uses the entire vegetable, from the root to the leaves.  Top it with a creamy lemon-preserve dressing, you’ll have a salad full of intriguing flavors.

  4. Photo by Ghazalle Badiozamani / Styling by Jennifer Beauchesne
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    Potato and Parmesan Soup, A Soup-er Star

    At times it may seem that Parmesan is all rinds, but don’t toss them out. They are one of the key ingredients to this creamy and comforting potato and Parm soup.

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    How Long Can a Bottle of Wine Stay Open?

    Don’t toss out what’s left in your bottle yet. Whether it’s red, white, sparkling or sweet, we’ll walk you through whether or not the wine is still good to drink.

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    5 Tips for Storing Opened Wine

    They key to reducing waste are good preserving techniques, so if you pop open a bottle and only want one glass, check out these five tips that will help ensure your wine stays good as long as possible.

  7. Photo by Meg Baggott / Styling by Julia Lea
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    How Cooking With Wine Transforms Food

    Cooking with wine can benefit and transform even classic dishes, so before you discard whatever is left over in the bottle, learn how to improvise with what you already have in the kitchen.

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    Simple Cocktail Recipes for Leftover Wine

    While leftover wine isn’t a common occurrence, sometimes you end up with a splash in the bottle that isn’t quite a full pour. Instead of pouring it down the drain, mix it into one of these easy-to-make cocktails.

  9. Photo by Stephen Devries / Food Styling by Erin Merhar
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    Three Unexpected Grocery Store Cocktail Ingredients

    Another key to reducing waste is using what you already have, so instead of going out and buying amaros and artisanal bitters to make a drink, see how ingredients that are most likely already in your kitchen can make some exceptional cocktails.

  10. Photography: Kelly Puleio © 2018
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    The El Gallito Cocktail

    A drink and a snack? Tomatoes are the key ingredient of this cocktail, and once you have the tomato juice, you are left with a spicy chunky salsa that can be enjoyed with chips.

Published on April 16, 2018
Topics: Waste Not Want Not

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