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You don’t need green fingers to regrow these kitchen scraps – Some tips on how to save money on groceries in the long run

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Whenever our fruits and vegetables start showing signs that they’re sprouting, we end up tossing them in the bin because it “looks” inedible. Is it because people just refuse to believe that this produce has a life of its own? A lot of hard work goes into growing a mere potato, and  all the other kitchen scraps that we throw into the bin without a second thought. We do this because its been ingrained in us that food that looks imperfect is inedible. We would not throw a houseplant out because it has one brown leaf, why should we throw out a garlic that has started to sprout?

Here are 7 types of kitchen scraps that we should start upcycling instead of tossing them in the bin – they are just far too valuable and wasteful to be thrown away.

1. Garlic

For those who love garlic enough to keep vampires away, you don’t have to spend time picking the best looking garlic bulb at the grocery store anymore because you can grow them with just a little soil and water at home! Click here to learn how you can do this.

2. Onions

Onions are like garlic’s cousin. They are both a kitchen staple and can be added to almost any main course to further elevate the taste. They are also one of the easiest vegetables to regrow from scraps. First, cut off the root end of your onion, leaving a 1/2 inch of onion on the roots. Place it in a sunny location and cover the top with soil. Make sure to keep the soil moist by watering when needed. Onions also have other uses besides adding flavor to food. They are rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties, and can be useful for promoting hair growth. Simply blend the onion and massage it onto your head at least twice a week..

3. Romaine lettuce

Romaine lettuce is the main ingredient for Caesar salad and can also be used for taco toppings, or lettuce wraps (a low-carb alternative to a burger bun, too!). Did you know that you do not need to put Romaine lettuce in soil for it to grow? Find directions here.

4. Pineapple

We are not going to lie that this will take a whole lot of patience. A pineapple can be regrown from its crown. It takes a full year to yield a sweet-tasting fruit but they are generally easy to care for as they do not need much water. You just need to understand what kind of conditions pineapple do and do not like. Research is probably the hardest part of the growing process but after that, you can sit back and relax while your pineapple grows. Read about it here.

5. Green onions, leeks and scallions

A staple in any Asian household, these vegetables grow quickly and will save you the most money in the long run.  All you have to do is place the roots of your green onions, leeks or scallions in a jar of water, and place the jar near the window, as they need a good amount of sunlight to grow. Remember to change the water every other day. You should have a new green onion, leek or scallion in just a week’s time.

6. Avocado

The world has become obsessed with this superfood. Avocados show up in salads, toast, smoothies, and even ice cream! There’s a good reason for this and that is because numerous studies had proven this fruit’s powerful health benefits. Learn how to grow your own so that you do not need to worry about your supply of avocados in the future.

7. Potato

Of course, we cannot leave out the beloved potato. Use small pieces of potatoes with 2-3 “eyes” and place in the sun for two to three days until you notice them sprouting. You can then plant it into a pot of soil and harvest continuously once the leaves turn yellow. Read the detailed steps to plant potatoes here.

Extra bites:

Watch this Buzzfeed video on how you can grow vegetables from scraps.

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Every time food is wasted, all the money, packaging, manpower, and water are wasted too. The loss of natural resources such as land, water, and biodiversity, as well as the negative impacts of climate change represent huge costs to society. To minimise our impact on the environment, every single one of us needs to ensure that we work to reduce and ultimately prevent food waste in our very own kitchens on a daily basis. Luckily, we have some EGG -citing tips for you to take back to your kitchen and implement right away:

Feast your eyes on this short video clip that provides tips on how to reduce food waste posted on the UN FAO Instagram account. We know it is corny, but food is simply a-MAIZE-ing, so LETTUCE celebrate, make responsible choices and prevent food waste from going to landfill.

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Rescue Food Scraps and Donate to Food Banks

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Rescue Food Scraps

Image Source: The Global FoodBanking Networking

Food banks are a type of organization that distributes food to those who cannot afford to buy it themselves. These organizations collect food from events, retailers, and local communities, and serve it to people in need.

Through food banks, individuals can help who are hungry, as well as reduce food waste. One third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. If nothing is done, food waste could rise to over 120 million tonnes by 2020.

Of course the best way to reduce waste is to produce less – in other words, chefs and home cooks alike must plan accordingly. For restaurants, this also means purchasing less and boosting margins. Do your part by learning more about food waste and how you can prevent it.

One area where the travel and tourism industry produces a lot of food waste is the events sector. Here are some tips to make your event more sustainable when it comes to fighting food waste.

Food banks are an essential tool in fighting global hunger and malnutrition. Food banks are available in most big cities, here are some examples:

If you are planning to donate, here is a checklist on healthy food donations for reference.

“If you cannot feed hundred people at least feed one” – Mother Teresa

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