Upcycling food: Turning waste into food!

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From vegetable and fruit peels to fish fillets to peeled snacks, the idea is to use ingredients that are usually thrown away and make a dish.

To prevent food waste and make a positive impact on the environment, many of the city’s eateries and chefs are catching on to the trend of upcycling the food and introducing it to menus. From vegetable and fruit peels to fish fillets to peeled snacks, the idea is to use ingredients that are usually thrown away and create a dish.

“The trend of upcycled food will have a lasting impact on how we view “wastage” in relation to food. In my opinion, the integration of the concept will have an important role to play on global sustainability, which in this day and age Can only be supported by value-added models such as upcycling food. We strive to utilize every aspect of the raw product. We create a sense of ownership for the produce we get directly from the earth. For example, we make chips We use fish skin to make stock, mutton neck bone and any type of vegetable peel we use to dehydrate them and use it as garnish. Conceptual thought process behind food recycling Reframes our perception of waste, processes waste into more marketable and sustainable products, creating waste that has a mega impact on the world,” shares Chef Tanvi Goswami, SAGA, Gurgaon Is.

Chef Dayashankar Sharma, a London-based Michelin plate winner, says, “There are restaurants and hotels where there is a huge supply chain and not all food prepared and cooked in the kitchen is consumed and hence a huge amount of food is wasted. Upcycled food prevents this by creating a sustainable food system by creating new and high quality products from surplus food.

Chef Radhika Khandelwal, chef-owner, Fig & Maple, who has a few items on the menu to prevent food wastage, such as pulverized banana peel tacos, says, “What if I tell you that after eating a banana? The peel you remove makes up about 35% of it. Nutrients of Fruits? The humble peel is an incredible source of potassium, dietary fiber and amino acids. Treat it right and you’re going to get a meat-like texture that’s 100%!”

How can one recycle food at home?

Upcycling is about repurposing something that is deemed unusable into a new form. It’s easy and you can start from home. We just have to be very careful. Think about maximizing all parts of the produce and planting it. Let’s have chicken and vegetables. You can debone the chicken and use the meat part to make chicken curry. You can save the rest of the vegetable bones and stalks to make delicious soups for later. When you peel potatoes, you can also save these peels to make chips with chaat masala at home.

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