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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.