My absolute favorite tool in the kitchen is this: a broken spatula. I broke it one day when I got a little carried away with mixing. I figured I’d finish using it, then throw it away after. Then I found (who knew?) that it worked sooo much better with the top half gone. This is now my go-to tool for stirring anything thick or resistant. Saving the planet? I think so…One less piece of plastic in the dumpster.
I got a good deal on lemons. I love going to the Haymarket, where I can get 5 (or 7 or 8) lemons for a dollar. They don’t get used as quickly when I’m busy. Sometimes I grate all the zest, and let it dry. I can add it to recipes later. The juice goes into the freezer- same deal. Saving the planet? Maybe not; but always nice to have some lemon juice and zest on hand.
I love to make jams and jellies. My hubby loves to have apple pie. I’m saving all the apple peels and cores. I’ll toss them in the freezer for now. Later I’ll add them to some unripe apples and extract the pectin from them for jam and jelly making. Saving the planet? Maybe not, but if the planet runs out of packaged pectin I’ll still be making jam!
Did you ever go to make potatoes and find this? I hate that. It doesn’t happen often anymore, as most potatoes are sprayed with nasty chemicals to prevent the eyes from budding. Rather than gouge out those eyes, and making do with old spuds, you can plant them. There’s still time, even if you don’t have a garden. My garden is mostly containers this year. I decided to take advantage of my clever spuds by planting them in some cardboard boxes that were going to be recycled anyway. I planted them in the bottom, and continued to add soil as the plants grew. I’ve added some extra cardboard to stabilize it. These plants will grow some nice potatoes over the next 2-3 months. Saving the planet? Well, taking some old spuds and turning them into several more new ones…Yes! I’m saving the planet from evil eyed spuds. That qualifies. Sort of.