Alternatives to the Composter!

Food waste occurs from parts of food that we deem to be waste, but in some cases, we can do something with those off-casts. Below is a list of food items I see others commonly throwing in the composter, but that I as a home chef have found other ways to use.

Baked Broccoli and Cauliflower Stems Recipe

  1. Chop stems into disks.
  2. Mix in some olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper with the disks.
  3. Bake disks in the oven at 450˚F for 30 minutes or until crispy brown (this time could change depending on how big your disks are).

Fried Potato Skin Recipes

  1. Heat canola oil in a skillet about 1cm deep.
  2. Pat dry potato skins with a towel.
  3. Fry potato skins on oil until crispy and brown.
  4. Scoop out potato skins with a draining spoon and put onto a plate lined with a paper towel.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

Avocado Appetizers In Skins

  1. Ensure you have cut the avocado into two symmetrical halves, keeping the flesh as intact as possible.
  2. Dice the flesh.
  3. In a frying pan, heat olive oil and pan-fry the diced avocado with some salt and pepper.
  4. When crispy and golden brown, put the fried avocado into the skins for a fancy presentation, and garnish with salsa to-taste. Serve with spoons.
  5. I also like to use the avocado skins for individual guacamole.

Fruit Pulp Crackers

This is a recipe I found on OneGreenPlanet, but always works!

  1. Mix all of the ingredients below in a food processor, and thinly spread the mixture on a baking sheet:
    • 2 cups juice pulp
    • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
    • 1/2 cup flaxseeds
    • 3 tablespoons tamari
    • Dash of turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • Black pepper, to taste
    • 1/4 cup water, or a bit more to allow contents to mix in the processor
  2. Bake at 320˚F for 40-50 minutes and flip halfway through.

Flavoured Banana Peels
This recipe one I found on a youtube video. When I make it, I omit the cumin seeds and coriander powder because I find them overpowering.

  1. Dice one or two banana peels on a cutting board.
  2. Heat about two tablespoons of oil in a pan.
  3. Add in some fennel seeds, cumin seeds, and mustard seeds.
  4. Mix in the banana peels and add chilli powder, salt, coriander powder, and lemon juice.
  5. Continue cooking until the peels are reasonably golden brown and serve