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April 30, 2019
Do not throw it away. Cook it!

So, today, we will talk about a popular topic which remains unknown to many, while to others, it has started becoming a lifestyle. The truth is that when you have been used to wasting food, it is difficult to change your mindset. And we, unfortunately, are part of those people who throw away 1/3 of their cooked food! These are the results of relevant studies which show that 1/3 of homemade food ends up in the trash. I have talked to you about this matter in one of my previous diaries and, in fact, we discovered together some of the ways through which we can “save” our food, preventing it from ending up in the trash. If you want to remember what we discussed back then, all you have to do is click here.

This time, I thought of looking into another aspect of the same matter. This does not have to do with cooked food itself but with the proper usage of the ingredients needed for preparing it! What do I mean? We make a dessert and we only need egg yolks. What do we do with the egg whites? Do we throw them away? Definitely not! We turn them into a delicious Baked egg white omelet!

Baked egg white omelet by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Let’s say you peel fruits. If you have a kitchen compost bin, you know what to do with the peels. But what if you don’t have one? Should you throw them away? Of course, not! You can use them to make two aromatic beverages that you can enjoy either cold or hot!

Apple peel tea

Apple peel tea by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Orange peel tea

Orange peel tea by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Our goal is to reduce the trash in our homes as much as possible and at the same time, to use our raw materials to the utmost. If this is done by only one person, it can have positive effects only on his household. But, if more people follow this example, the positive effects will extend to the neighborhood, the whole country, and -then- the world…Yes, it is not easy. But, if you want to start somewhere, you will have to acquire the necessary knowledge. I, as a chef, can give you the knowledge you need to use some parts of food which (usually) end up in the trash. I do this through my recipes. You can take a look at them, see if they suit you, and then try them. Next step? Share them with a friend of yours. To be inspired by them and experiment on them in order to create even more on your own. Generally, to take your cooking to the next level by applying one of the key concepts of home economics! The one that makes chefs use any raw material in the kitchen as much as possible! So? What do you think? Shall we take a look at some more ideas for recipes made with ingredients which, instead of ending up in the trash, they can end up in your pot, baking pan, or frying pan?

Leftover soup – made with leftover roots and vegetables of other preparations.

Leftover soup by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Potato peel chips – If you do not want to fry potatoes with their skin on, you can at least try frying their peels separately ;-)

Potato peel chips by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Bisque soup with shrimp and finocchio – Whoever said that the tails and the heads of shrimps have to end up in the trash, was mistaken!

Bisque soup with shrimp and finocchio by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Savory puff pastry twists – Did you make a pie and there is now some leftover dough? Perfect! It’s time to try these delicious puff pastry twists. In fact, you will find their sweet version right below!

Savory puff pastry twists by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Sweet puff pastry twists

Sweet puff pastry twists by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

And now, our journey does not END but…BEGINS. I can’t wait to see which of these recipes you are going to try, but also which will inspire you to create your own brand-new ones. And remember: A dish can be flavorful even when made with the simplest, most humble, and indifferent ingredients. The only thing you need to know is how to boost their flavors!

Akis

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