Ever since getting into reducing my waste, I’ve kept a few zero waste recipes in my back pocket for some of the food items I really love that – far too often – come in plastic packaging.
I cook in approximations, but I’ve tried to recreate my food with a recipe so you guys can follow along too!
I love making ricotta because it so rarely fails me (I’m looking at you, mozzarella). Ideally you want the closest thing to raw milk you can get, but really anything other than ultra-pasteurized works. Oh, and when you’re so lazy your milk separates all by itself, you’re doing it my way!
1 gallon milk
4-6 tablespoons lemon juice or white vinegar
Salt to taste
Bring milk to simmer slowly, stirring fairly often to make sure the bottom doesn’t burn. Once it gets hot enough to start almost boiling, take the milk off the heat and add salt. Stir in 4 tablespoons of lemon or vinegar, just a few swirls of a wooden spoon. The acid will start to curdle the milk immediately. Wait about 5 minutes and check to see if the milk has totally separated (there will be curds at the top and a yellow whey underneath) – if the liquid still looks milky, add another tablespoon and wait a few more minutes. Once done, drain in a cheese cloth for about 15-30 minutes. Done!
Bonus: keep the whey for a bread recipe!
Everyone seems to think bread is a ridiculous challenge, but I just don’t agree! Use this recipe to create any number of taste variations as needed!
1.5 cups flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oil
.5 to 1 cup water
Any extra additions/toppings (herbs inside, spices on top, etc)
Mix dry ingredients together. Add oil and half cup water, mix. Add water until mix is wet but not over-wet. At this point, add in any extras you have – I like to mix in some fresh herbs. Roll out on floured surface. Add any toppings. Cut into small squares and place on baking sheet with foil/oiled. Bake at 450F for about 10 minutes (or they get brown and crispy) – this fills one baking sheet.
Granola is super expensive. Why?? Make it yourself – it’s cheaper and can be customized exactly how you like it. Win-win. My general proportions:
3 cups oats
1/2 cup dried fruit
1/2 cup nuts
1/2 cup chocolate
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup oil
pinch of salt
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl, then add honey and oil. Stir well. Spread over a baking sheet. Bake at 300F for about 10-15 minutes (mix once in the middle of baking). Remove, let cool, then mix together and pop into a bowl!
Got any zero waste recipes? Please tell us/link it in the comments below!