Do you hate wasting food? Then you’ll love the new cookbook from IKEA. It takes kitchen scraps and transforms them into high-end dishes! It will undoubtedly take your leftover dishes to a whole new level…
IKEA: A Sustainable Leader
To create this new cookbook IKEA, known for their furniture and Swedish meatballs, collaborated with ten chefs to show home cooks how to become more sustainable. The result? A cookbook entitled ScrapsBook, featuring amazing recipes using kitchen scraps! It’s part of a larger initiative, in which IKEA hopes not only to become carbon neutral by 2030, but also help others do the same.
The idea first started in the offices of IKEA Canada. “In Canada, research tells us that almost two-thirds of food scraps that end up as kitchen waste could have been eaten,” said Johanna Andren, Head of Marketing, IKEA Canada. “Seeing how much waste is created in one of the most important rooms in the home, we set out to inspire Canadians by giving food scraps another look and offering new, creative ways to reduce food waste at home.”
Cooking With Kitchen Scraps
Why cook with kitchen scraps, also known as “scrapcooking?” Well, it not only cuts down on waste, but also reduces money spent on food and cleaning products! Now, these 50 recipes will help you work everything from carrot and broccoli stems to cheese rinds. For example, did you know that fruits’ flesh can make a great egg substitute? And that’s just the beginning…
“Scrapcooking is about finding the beautiful possibilities in that banana peel, radish top, or even the chicken bones you’re about to toss, and make the most of everything available to you,” the authors of the book said. “It’s little things like these that can add up to make a big difference.” That’s right, you can even learn to reuse banana peels. A recipe from Chef Christa Bruneau-Guenther from Winnipeg’s Feast Cafe Bistro includes “bacon” made from banana peels, served with wild rice pancakes! “Who knew you could eat a banana peel? Although it is thinner than bacon, it has a balance of sweet, smoky, salty, and heat, plus with the hint of banana it is oh so delicious!” she wrote alongside her recipe.
These are just some of the amazing uses for kitchen scraps in IKEA’s ScrapsBook…
“Scrapcooking” Alongside The Top Chefs
While it might seem like a crazy new idea, many famous chefs have scrapcooking for many years. That includes Adrian Forte from Ontario and David Gunawan from British Columbia, both of whom have recipes in the book. “I often save food scraps throughout the week — everything from chicken parts to vegetable trimmings,” Forte said. Now, they, along with IKEA, can share these wonderful ideas with the rest of the world. The 111-page cookbook also includes plenty of illustrations and photos that explain how to create every dish and even make a compost pile at home.
The best part of all? ScrapsBook is free. That’s right? So, if you’re interested in cooking with scraps, head to the official IKEA website and pick up the PDF. Being friendlier to Mother Earth doesn’t cost a dime!