How To Recycle Cooking Waste

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24 July, 2022

Summertime cooking often changes your household menu. Seasonal fruits and veggies make their way into the rotation and different cooking techniques! Outdoor grilling is a popular choice, keeping the heat from warming up the indoors is smart! But with the different techniques and new items, how are you discarding water properly? We can give you easy tips to sustainably dispose of anything left over after your next meal!

Grill ashes

The BBQ went great! Now what to do with the ashes? It matters what matter you used for grilling with. 100% wood should be thoroughly cooled and then can be mixed with water and used for plant fertilization! And amazing a practical sustainable swap for pricey store fertilizer.

Charcoal briquettes can be re-used! After completely cooling the pieces, shift through to dislodge any leftover ash. Then add new charcoal to round out your needs for your next grill. When completely done, wrap in aluminum foil or a metal container to dispose of. It is essential that you do not use this ash for fertilizer, as it is chemically treated and will contaminate the water table.

Cooking fats

When frying foods, you’re often left with oil of some sort. Whether it be from animal or vegetable sources, here’s how to get the most out of them. Important note, NEVER toss oils or fats down your drain! This is lead to a “fatberg” an unmovable blockage in your pipes!

You can re-use your frying oil! You can usually get three to four uses from one batch. Just be aware of the color change, when your oil is dark and opaque it is time for a change. After completely cooling, store old oil in a leak-proof container with a lid. Then look for a recycling center near you!

Animal fats have a quicker expiration time and should only be used once or twice. Always make sure there is no rancid smell before using. Collect and drain your animal fats into a container before throwing them out. This will help prevent spillage and ripping inside your rubbish bag. 

Food scraps are sometimes seen as trash when in reality, they can be a meal in itself.

Fruit rinds-Wash thoroughly and zest for an excellent punch in pasta, salads, and desserts!

Herb stems-chop finely and add to oil for a lovely flavored option

Veggie skins-Fry up for crispy, healthy chips!

Veggie ends-Create your own vegetable broth by adding water and herbs and boiling away.

If there are bits you simply cannot reuse, at-home composting has never been easier, check out our helpful blog post on how to get started. 

We aim to make sustainable choices that make sense for you and your family. These tips do not cost any extra, and may even save you money if practiced frequently over time! We thank you for going the extra mile for the environment and hope you keep checking back for more easy steps for sustainability! 

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