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North Shore Recycling Program Leftovers

Love food – save money

Wondering what to do with the produce at the back of the fridge? You paid good money for it so get cooking.

By using that perfectly edible food you’re keeping it out of the dump.

Food buried in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide when it comes to heating up our planet.

Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Why not combine produce from your garden or farmers’ market with last night’s leftover meat. Simply slice up pork roast, and then top with peach or pear to give a fruity flavour to sandwiches for tomorrow’s lunch. Slice up leftover steak, turn it into a wrap or sandwich and garnish with greens or herbs.

Don’t throw out those extra veggies! Dice onions, celery and carrot, and put in a stockpot along with leftover beef or steak. Sauté with a few garlic cloves and sliced ginger, add a bay leaf, thyme and cilantro stem, then deglaze with cooking wine. Fill with beef stock to cover the meat, add a splash of soy sauce and some brown sugar. Bring to a simmer, then let it slowly braise on the stove for two hours while the heavenly scent fills your kitchen. Serve this fabulous stew with rice or potatoes.

How often have we thrown out the ends of bread loaves, broken pieces, or slices that were too small for sandwiches or toast? Reduce this waste by saving them to make a bread pudding. What to do with overripe fruit? Create a fragrant fruit compote to serve with the pudding.

Here’s another tip that does double duty. Turn fish trim and fish leftovers into a hearty seafood soup that includes late-in-the-season veggies from the market or garden.

Buy Local

Along with smart menu planning, you can also create less food waste – and feel good -- by buying locally. Shopping locally produces far less carbon than the average 2,400 kilometres required to transport much of our food into Canadian supermarkets. There’s less packaging too.

For more tips on making less garbage, visit our reduce section.

 

 

Love food – save money

 

Wondering what to do with the produce at the back of the fridge? You paid good money for it so get cooking.

 

By using that perfectly edible food you’re keeping it out of the dump. Food buried in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide when it comes to heating up our planet.

 

Edible Canada, a culinary tourism and locavore company on Granville Island, offers these easy tips on how you can reduce your food waste. Why not combine produce from your garden or farmers’ market with last night’s leftover meat. Simply slice up pork roast, and then top with peach or pear to give a fruity flavour to sandwiches for tomorrow’s lunch. Slice up leftover steak, turn it into a wrap or sandwich and garnish with greens or herbs.

 

Don’t throw out those extra veggies! Dice onions, celery and carrot, and put in a stockpot along with leftover beef or steak. Sauté with a few garlic cloves and sliced ginger, add a bay leaf, thyme and cilantro stem, then deglaze with cooking wine. Fill with beef stock to cover the meat, add a splash of soy sauce and some brown sugar. Bring to a simmer, then let it slowly braise on the stove for two hours while the heavenly scent fills your kitchen. Serve this fabulous stew with rice or potatoes.

 

How often have we thrown out the ends of bread loaves, broken pieces, or slices that were too small for sandwiches or toast? Reduce this waste by saving them to make a bread pudding. What to do with overripe fruit? Create a fragrant fruit compote to serve with the pudding.

 

Here’s another tip that does double duty. Turn fish trim and fish leftovers into a hearty seafood soup that includes late-in-the-season veggies from the market or garden.

 

Along with smart menu planning, you can also create less food waste – and feel good -- by buying locally. Shopping locally produces far less carbon than the average 2,400 kilometres required to transport much of our food into Canadian supermarkets. There’s less packaging too.

 

At getlocalbc.org, you’ll find an extensive list of what’s available locally, and when it’s in season. Even over winter, there’s an impressive selection of food that’s waiting to tempt you right here in southwestern B.C.

 

For 10 easy tips on how to reduce your food waste go to http://bitly.com/MVFood. Your actions will go a long way to help Metro Vancouver reach its goal to divert 70 per cent of our region’s waste from our landfill by 2015.