Dining & Wine

Stop Food Waste Day With Chef Kory Dipucchio

April 19, 2024

Stop Food Waste Day (April 24) is a great time to learn how to make some new and delicious recipes made out of food that is typically tossed out. Compass Group is leading the charge in promoting awareness by sharing some useful hacks and recipes from Canadian culinary experts, like chef Kory Dipucchio. —Vita Daily

5 Ways To Stop Food Waste

  • Store fruits and vegetables separately to prevent them from ripening too quickly. Some fruits release ethylene gas, which can accelerate the ripening process of nearby produce.
  • Utilize airtight containers, reusable bags, or beeswax wraps to extend the shelf life of perishable items. Keep herbs fresh by placing them in a jar with water, similar to a bouquet of flowers.
  • Get creative with leftovers by incorporating them into new dishes. Leftover roasted vegetables can be added to salads or transformed into soups and stews. Consider planning “leftover nights” to clean out the fridge before grocery shopping.
  • Preserve excess produce by freezing, canning, or pickling it for future use. Make homemade sauces, jams, or stocks with leftover fruits and vegetables.
  • Repurpose food scraps into flavorful additions to meals. For example, use vegetable peels to make crisps or broth, and utilize citrus zest for added flavor in recipes.
  • Coffee Grinds for Gardening: Repurpose used coffee grinds in your garden to enrich the soil with valuable nutrients.
  • Pineapple Skins for Tea or Tenderizing: Pineapple skins can be used to make nutrient-rich tea or as a tenderizing agent when brining meats.
  • Date Pits for Coffee Alternative: Instead of discarding date pits, consider drying and roasting them for a unique coffee substitute.      

Fruit Rescue Roll-Ups Recipe

  • 250ml Bananas
  • 250ml Strawberries
  • 250ml Cantaloupe
  • 30ml Chia Seeds
  • 30ml Maple Syrup
  • 15ml Lemon Juice
  • 5ml Lemon Zest

Preheat the oven to 170’f (75’c). In a blender, combine all ingredients on high for 2-3 minutes until a smooth puree is achieved. Line a baking tray with a single piece of parchment paper. Ensure to cover the entire tray to prevent sticking or spilling. Carefully pour the fruit mixture onto the lined tray and spread the mixture evenly using a spatula making sure to create an even layer. Place the tray in the pre-heated oven for 6-8 hours, or until the mixture is no longer sticky to the touch but still flexible. Once dried, remove from the oven and let cool completely. Cut to desired size or shape. Store in an airtight jar or container to keep freshness.


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