Today, a third of all the food produced in the world goes to waste. That’s equal to about 1.3 billion tons of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, seafood, and grains that go bad on the farm, get lost or spoiled during distribution, or are thrown away in grocery stores, restaurants, and home kitchens. It’s also enough food to feed every undernourished person on the planet several times over.
But wasted food isn’t just a social or humanitarian concern—it’s an environmental one. When we waste food, we also waste all the energy and water it takes to grow, harvest, transport, and package it. And if food goes to the landfill and rots, it produces methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide. Food waste creates about 8% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. In the US alone, the production of lost or wasted food generates the equivalent of 43 million cars’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions.
As the world’s population continues to grow, our challenge should not be how to grow more food, but to feed more people while wasting less of what we already produce. Thankfully, there are plenty of actions we can take at the consumer level to make a significant difference. From delivering leftovers to those in need of freezing food, shopping smarter, and composting to keep inedible scraps out of landfills, we can all take small steps to curb our emissions.
Plan ahead and buy only what you need. Going to the store without a plan or on an empty stomach can lead to buying more than we need. To keep your kitchen on track, try to eat leftovers, think of meals you can eat out, and avoid unnecessary purchases by planning your grocery list ahead of time.
Use your freezer. While there are plenty of benefits to eating fresh food, frozen foods can be just as nutritious. They also stay edible for much longer. A lot of seafood, for example, is frozen before it reaches your supermarket and then thawed and put on display. That means it will only stay fresh for a few days. By buying frozen seafood, you can extend the shelf life of the product considerably.
Be creative with leftovers. Before you shop, use the food you already have. Websites like Big Oven, Supercook, and MyFridgeFood allow you to search for recipes based on ingredients already in your kitchen. You can also use apps like Epicurious and Allrecipes to make the most of what’s in your fridge and pantry.
Blend, bake or boil. Fruits and vegetables that are beyond ripe might not look pretty, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still taste delicious in recipes. Try using your wilting, browning, or imperfect produce to make sweet smoothies, bread, jams, sauces, or soup stocks.
Talk it up. Preventing food waste is the most effective way to shrink its impact on the planet. If we avoid producing the food we don’t eat, we can save the land, water, and energy that would have been used to make it. And awareness is a good first step: according to ReFED, educating consumers about food waste could prevent 2.3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.waste.)
The water wastage alone would be the equivalent of the entire annual flow of the Volga—Europe’s largest river—according to a UN report. The energy that goes into the production, harvesting, transporting, and packaging of that wasted food, meanwhile, generates more than 3.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. If food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind the U.S. and China.
We tend to take our food for granted in the developed world. Since food is so plentiful, we aren’t aware of the tremendous amount that’s wasted and the impact that has on world hunger, political stability, the environment, and climate change. Yet when it comes to looking for ways to curb greenhouse gas emissions, food wastage is a relatively easy fix—the low-hanging fruit, so to speak—and it is literally rotting on our tables. It doesn’t require any new technology, just more efficient use of what we already have.
We can all take small steps that will accumulate to make a meaningful difference. Let’s buy just the food we need so we throw away less. Let’s accept that produce can be top quality and delicious even if it has a slight imperfection in appearance. Let’s bring meals home that we don’t finish in restaurants. Small changes will yield big results.
Today, we bring you a Special Edition of Kitchen Prepare. Focusing on Kulcha.
Make sure you bring out the best in you with our recipes and methods to serve your family and friends.
Kulcha (Punjabi Flatbread)
Kulcha is a soft textured flatbread; this is very popular in northern states of India. They can be made in a tandoor (clay oven) or on a skillet. We’ll be using a skillet.
Traditionally kulchas are served with spicy chole (chickpeas). This delicious combination is known as “Chole kulcha”. This is also another popular street food.
The recipe will serve 2.
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour (plain flour or maida)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Approx. 1/4 cup milk use as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 tablespoon yoghurt (Curd or Dahi)
Keep in Mind:
- 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour for rolling
- 1/2 teaspoon nigella seeds (kalaunji)
- 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped (hara dhania)
- 1 tablespoon clarified butter, ghee
- In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar, and sieve the flour to make sure even mixing of all the ingredients.
- Add oil and yoghurt to the flour and mix it well, add milk as needed to make the soft dough. The dough should be soft but not be sticking to hand. Knead the dough to make smooth and pliable.
- Cover the dough and let it sit for about 2 hrs.
- Knead the dough for few seconds and divide into four equal parts, roll them into patties. Take one patty press it in dry flour from both sides and roll in about 6” circle, if dough starts sticking to the rolling pin or rolling surface dust little more dry flour.
- Heat the skillet (iron skillet works the best) on medium heat. Skillet should be moderately hot. Wipe the skillet with few drops of oil.
- Place the kulcha over the skillet. Sprinkle few drops of water. Sprinkle few nigella seeds and little cilantro over the kulcha while kulcha is still wet, and press it with the spatula.
- When the kulcha starts to change colour and start bubbling flip it over. There will be some golden brown spots. Wait about a minute and flip it over again.
- Kulcha should have golden brown spots from both sides. Kulcha should not be cooked on high heat otherwise it will not cook through.
- Kulcha is ready, butter the kulcha before serving.
Traditionally kulchas are served with Punjabi chole or serve with any rich gravy based side dish like palak paneer or dal makhani.
Ready to serve.
Gargabe disposals are effective for disposing of undesirable scraps, lapsed nourishment, and disposed of peels. In any case, we regularly underestimate our transfer—until the point that it winds up obstructed or quit working inside and out.
We instruct to follow these five basic hints to expand the life of your rubbish transfer and forestall clogging and other issues.
METHOD 1: Run Disposal Regularly
Run your waste transfer all the time. Regardless of whether you don’t have anything to crush, turn on the water and run the transfer each couple of days to move the parts around. Something else, the transfer can solidify up, rust, or consume; and any extra nourishment inside can solidify, prompting scents and obstructs.
Consistently running your rubbish transfer is like practicing your body to keep it fit as a fiddle.
METHOD 2: Using Cold Water
Run cold water—not hot—when utilizing your trash transfer. Boiling water works incredibly for cleaning most things, yet not your garbage disposal.
Boiling water can liquefy the nourishment your transfer is endeavoring to crush, enabling the loss to stick to the sides.
Cool water, then again, solidifies nourishment, making it less demanding for the waste transfer to crush it and push it out the drain pipe.
METHOD 3: Run Disposal Longer
After your garbage disposal has got done with crushing the waste, keep it and the water running for a few moments. This guarantees all the food has been flushed out the deplete pipe to counteract stops up.
You can likewise run cool water and a little dish cleanser down the deplete after you’ve completed the process of crushing the waste. This will help wipe out the transfer and ensure nothing stays behind or is sticking to the sides.
METHOD 4: Cut Waste into Small Fragments
Your garbage disposal is only so big, and its blades and motor are powerful but don’t expect miracles if you feed it large chunks of meat or fruit and hope to see them sliced to bits.
Go easy, cut waste into smaller fragments, and only put in a few pieces at a time. Otherwise, you can overwork the disposal and clog or jam it—or worse, break it altogether causing it to malfunction.
METHOD 5: Feed Citrus Fruits
Foam and cold water will go a long way toward keeping your garbage disposal clean; but once in a while, toss the peel from an orange, lemon, or lime in your disposer.
The peel will help clear excess waste in the disposal and eliminate any unpleasant odors, germs and other factors which would hassle with your disposer.
What Not to Put in Your Garbage Disposal
- Grease or oil can stiffen inside a garbage disposal and cause clogs in the drain pipe.
- Potato peels contain starch which can clasp to the sides of the disposal, making it difficult to flush out.
- Glass, plastic, metal, or paper can trouble or dull the blades of a garbage disposer.
- Big bones, seeds, or pits can also dull the blades, jam the disposer, or become lodged in the drain pipe.
- Expandable foods, such as pasta and rice, also contain starch which can cling to the disposal. In addition, water can cause them to expand in the disposal and cause a clog.
Following these steps or measures can help you last your Garbage Disposer to last long and be more effective. If you have any further doubts or issues do let us in the comments below.