Food is an integral part of our lives. It nourishes us, brings us together, and is central to many cultural traditions. Here at TVHBCo, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen, baking is our happy place. However, we also care greatly about the environment and our impact on the world around us. It would be harmful if we didn’t acknowledge the importance of being more eco-concious in the kitchen.
For some context, every year in the UK 6.7 million tonnes of food is wasted and approximately £250-£400 worth of food is wasted per household. Furthermore, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) state that food waste is accountable for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions. This has a hugely negative impact on the environment.
Don't worry, all hope isn’t lost yet. There are many ways to make a positive difference. One step in the right direction is making our kitchens greener! In this article we will share 3 ways to create a sustainable kitchen, so we can enjoy what makes us happy - baking - while taking care of the environment.
Reducing the amount of food we bring into the house will be the most effective way to prevent unnecessary food waste; it will also save you money too. Reduce waste by buying misshapen fruits and vegetables, planning ahead, freezing ingredients for later, or investing in lasting baking tools.
Tip # 1: Buy Ugly Food
Have you been to the food shop and seen a wonky lemon, or an ugly carrot and moved it aside for a more ‘attractive’ one? Unfortunately, me too. This is why 40% of everything we grow goes to waste, because it isn't considered ‘attractive’ encough to be sold to consumers. So next time you see that you see that weirdly shaped lemon, consider taking it home - all lemons look the same when they're in a lemon drizzle cake anyway!
Tip # 2: Plan ahead and Bake Accordingly
We’ve all been there, craving a nice warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookie, tried out a new recipe and ended up with more cookies than we could eat. Then it’s cookies for breakfast for the next 3 days. Many recipes are designed to create 4 or more servings so oftentimes we end up with more food than we plan to eat. Planning ahead and dividing the ingredients to the amount you actually need, will prevent you from overbuying ingredients and wasting the food you make. If you frequently bake, consider getting a baking kit, they have all the ingredients divided for you so you don’t have to do any of the math or shopping! Take a look at our monthly baking subscription, which sends a baking kit through your door every month.
Tip #3: Invest in your baking equipment
This not only applies to food but baking equipment too. If you can, invest in reusable, high-quality tools that have a long lifespan. Consider opting for stainless steel or cast iron, these can last for generations with the right care! Pick reusable options over single-use. This beeswax roll from The Beeswax Wrap Co is not only sustainable but cute too. Buying items to last isn’t just good for the environment, you’ll have a higher-quality cooking experience and you won’t have to replace broken items as frequently.
There are many other ways to create a more sustainable kitchen, but these three are a great starting point. You can also make your kitchen greener by recycling, composting, or giving away any food you won't eat to friends and family. However, if you reduce the amount of unnecessary food and ingredients you’re bringing into your home, you won't have to worry about food waste.