Tips for using cutting waste

5 Tips & tricks on using cutting waste

Cutting waste is unavoidable and you should not use this as a goal to reduce. Yet you can do many things with cutting waste. In this article we share 5 tips and tricks to use cutting waste.

1. Crispy vegetable peel as crisps or garnish

Grill the vegetable peels with salt & pepper and/or other herbs. 

You can use the crispy peels as:

  • Crisps
  • Snacks
  • Garnish for soups
  • Extra bite in salads

Suitable vegetables are: (sweet) potato, parsnip, carrot, beetroot and zucchini.

2.Herbal dressing of stems and leaves

Cut the remaining herb stems and leaves into small pieces and mix with olive oil, apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar. You can use the dressing with:

  • Salads
  • In a mix of cold vegetables
  • fried fish
  • Pasta dishes
  • Tapenades

Suitable herbs are: basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley, coriander, oregano. Vegetables like tomatoes, chili and garlic also give a nice taste to the dressing. 

3. Vegetable pestos

The basis for making pesto is a mix of basil, garlic, pine nuts, (olive) oil, salt, lemon and parmesan cheese. For a change, you can replace the basil with any leftover vegetables, such as the following:

  • Kale Pesto. Tip: cook the kale for 3 minutes to remove the bitter taste. 
  • Eggplant and tomato pesto. Tip: use ricotta cheese instead of parmesan cheese.
  • Arugula Pesto
  • Carrot leaves pesto

4. Peel and bone broth

Make broth from vegetable peels, crushed vegetables (these give the most flavour), bones and fresh herbs. You can use broth for:

  • Cooking pasta or rice
  • As a base for sauces
  • As a base for soups
  • Making vegetable or potato purees
  • Stew dishes. 

5. Other things you could do with cutting waste

Cutting waste can also be used in other ways, such as the examples below:

  • Mix the broccoli stem in stir-fries or as an extra bite in a salad.
  • Use citrus peels when cooking pasta or rice for a fresh taste.
  • After use, store the fresh vanilla bean in sugar to make your own vanilla sugar.



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