I used to wonder what the big deal was with composting food waste. I mean, the food goes to a landfill - that’s pretty much a giant composting pile, right? I was wrong. The science behind composting is there for a reason.
When food waste goes to a landfill it’s piled up and doesn’t get to aerate. When it’s not aerated, a chemical reaction happens that causes for Methane to be created. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is about 20 times more potent than Carbon Dioxide and very harmful to the environment. Sure, the food waste in a landfill will technically decompose but it is very toxic. This is why part of composting involves “turning” or aerating your pile so that it becomes nutrient-rich compost.
I’m learning different ways to make better use of food “waste” or scraps. I’ve spoken about adding food scraps directly to a compost pile. Another way to make use of food scraps is to make Veggie Stock!
Whenever you cook, take your food scraps and place them in a brown paper bag or a glass jar. Store them in the freezer. Continue to add food scraps as you go until the bag/jar is full.
Take your frozen food scraps and place them in water to boil. Put a lid and let it all simmer. Feel free to add salt to enhance the taste. Once cooked down, strain everything, pour your new Veggie Stock into a jar and use/store in refrigerator. You can use it for soups, stews, rice, etc. The broken down scraps/leftover can then be composted :)
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