According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) “Up to one third of all food is spoiled and squandered before it is consumed by people. It is an excess in an age where almost a billion people go hungry, and represents a waste of the labour, water, energy, land and other inputs that went into producing that food.” The FAO goes on to detail how production and consumption patterns ranging from the global food industry to individual grocery shoppers contribute to this staggering loss of sustenance.
The “Project Lunchbox: Let’s Eat!” community empowers individuals to ignite change within the global food system through their united voices, collective wallets, and communal actions. To that end, I’m instituting a new series entitled “Food Waste Hacks” to educate followers about how to maximize the shelf-life of ingredients, put each component of an ingredient to proper culinary use, and ultimately decrease waste.
Food Waste Hacks: Oranges
Storage: Oranges are super low-maintenance as far as produce goes. Simply store oranges on the countertop or in a fruit basket.
Orange Juice: Store-bought juices can’t compete with the taste of freshly squeezed orange juice! The juice of an orange can also be used in homemade marinades for a diverse array of meats and seafood. Add orange juice to salad vinaigrettes to pair with the savory notes of balsamic vinegar, and enjoy as the liquid base for a citrus smoothie. After you’ve finished juicing your orange, add what remains of the orange segment to a glass of water for orange-infused hydration.
Orange Segments: Add orange segments to a bed of greens for a citrus salad. Sweeten your smoothies with this citrus fruit. Enjoy the segments as they are for a nutritious snack. Dip orange segments in melted dark chocolate for dessert.
Orange Zest: Grate orange zest into biscuit, pancake, and waffle batters. Elevate scone and shortbread cookie doughs with this tangy zest. Incorporate the zest into homemade frostings from buttercream to cream cheese. Zest some orange into plain Greek yogurt to concoct your own signature yogurt flavor. Toast a slice of whole-wheat bread, smear the bread with Ricotta cheese, sprinkle with sprigs of rosemary, and finish with grated orange zest for a savory take on a morning meal.
What are your favorite food waste hacks for oranges? How do you incorporate orange juice, orange segments, or orange zest into your meals?
Until Next Week…Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,
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