2017 was the year of new food trends and it seems that some of those trends are going to spill over, right into 2018. One of the biggest new trends to hit the food industry is the Zero Waste Movement.
Full Service restaurants, C-Stores and QSR’s are all finding ways to turn those left over ingredients from their daily, main menu items into something new and innovative for their consumer to enjoy, and inevitably post on their social media.
What does Zero Waste mean for the food industry?
Food waste can be a troubling occurrence for operators. If there is any part of an ingredient that isn’t being used in the cooking process then it is considered waste and in turn, a loss of profits. According to Food Business News, “Each year, U.S. consumers, businesses and farms spend nearly $220 billion on food that goes uneaten.” Now, with food preparation, waste is expected, but this doesn’t mean that it can’t be minimized. Businesses throughout the country are making menu changes to highlight ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away.
The Days of Throwing Away your Broccoli Stalk Are Over!
From soups and stews to deep fried delights, scraps are quickly becoming the star of the menu. At MTI, we are always looking for fresh and exciting recipes, and found ourselves hopping right onto that ZERO WASTE BANDWAGON!
We hit our test kitchen and fooled around with a few different ingredients that helped us build some great waste free recipes. We discovered that peels belonging to vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and even beets make an awesome chip when they are baked in our MulfiChef High Speed Oven! We suggest serving them with your favorite dipping sauces for a new, exciting appetizer experience!
Check out our recipe for Baked Veggie Peel Chips!
Leftover peels from your potatoes, carrots, parsnips and beets. 2-3 tablespoons of Olive oil (Or your preferred selection) Salt Pepper Any seasonings of your choosing (paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.)
Set MultiChef to 460 degrees with Browning on and fan set to high.
Rinse your peels with cold water and pat dry with paper towels, removing the excess water.
Spread out your vegetable peels on a sheet pan so they are not over-lapping one another.
Evenly coat the peels with olive oil, salt and pepper (Or seasonings of your choice).
Place sheet pan on the rack in the middle position.
Bake for three minutes.
For more information on waste management techniques, check out this blog here.