More from every ingredient

Thursday, 11 March, 2021

Generations of cooks have learned to squeeze every ounce of goodness from their ingredients. And many time-honored techniques are also effective ways to cut down on kitchen waste. 

More from every ingredient

Prepare to please


Provide a range of portion sizes on the menu so guests can match their order to their appetite. 

Cook dishes only on demand, or use past orders to forecast proper amounts. 

Let guests choose their own sauces and side dishes so they won’t leave foods they dislike on the plate. Train and mentor staff to avoid recipe and cooking mistakes and to follow serving size guidelines. 


Getting More From Less 

Spent cooking oil

Partner with a vendor who can equip your kitchen to trap spent grease and cooking oil, schedule pickups, and haul it away to repurpose it as biofuel or a supplement for animal feed. 


Fruit Vegetables & Herbs 

  • Use only edible garnishes. 
  • Add shredded trimmings and peels to stuffing, meatless burgers, or breads.
  • Chop stems, cores, and extras for slaws or quick pickles. 
  • Use blemished pieces in salads or mashes. 
  • Tie onion skins and peelings into cheesecloth and cook in broth to add colour. 
  • Mince or purée to flavour butter. 
  • Purée starches to create a thickener. 
  • Cook extra or overripe fruit in jam, sauces, pies, or cobblers. 
  • Juice produce for smoothies or make syrups and infusions. 

Protein and cheese

  • Boil poultry carcasses with leftover vegetables to make stock that you can freeze. 
  • Roast bones and cook with tomato paste, aromatics, and herbs to make fond de sauce. 
  • Add cheese scraps and rind to flavour broth with umami. 
  • Cut up trim scraps for salad, quiche, or soups. 


  • Add sugar to extra coffee grounds and use as a rub for meat. 
  • Use extra dairy products in chowder or pudding. 
  • Freeze juice or coffee for flavoured ice cubes that won’t water down drinks