Food Trends in 2024, Healthy Foods in India, Culinary Trends of 2024, Food Wastage – Krishi Jagran

Food Trends in 2024, Healthy Foods in India, Culinary Trends of 2024, Food Wastage – Krishi Jagran
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The Subtle Art of Culinary Upcycling

2024 is all about tasting, not wasting. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to stop food wastage and improve health.

Culinary Upcycling is the New Trend of the Year (Photo Source:

Culinary Upcycling is the New Trend of the Year (Photo Source:

In 2024, a revolution is on the rise. It is called ‘culinary upcycling’. This innovative and environmentally-conscious approach is redefining the way the world approaches food preparation by utilizing trimmings, scraps, and overlooked parts of fruits and vegetables that would typically end up in the trash. But what is new? As much as it is linked to benefiting the planet, it can also influence your health.

To define the terminology, culinary upcycling is a practice that involves turning food scraps and overlooked parts of ingredients into delicious and nutritious dishes. Instead of tossing out those carrot tops or broccoli stems, the method encourages creative thinking in the kitchen to utilize every part of the produce, maximizing its potential and minimizing waste.

Its Health Benefits

Nutrient-Rich Creations: By including trimmings and scraps in your meals, you can boost the nutritional value of your dishes. Many parts of fruits and vegetables that are often discarded contain valuable vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that contribute to overall health and well-being.

Diverse Flavor Profiles: Culinary upcycling introduces a whole new world of flavors and textures to your palate. Through experimenting with different parts of ingredients, you can learn unique and exciting tastes that add depth and complexity to your meals.

Increased Dietary Fiber: Utilizing food scraps can enhance the fiber content of your diet. Fiber is essential for digestive health, promoting regularity, and supporting a healthy gut microbiome.

Upcycle and Recycle 

Food waste is a significant environmental issue, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and resource depletion. It tackles this problem head-on by diverting food scraps from landfills and giving them new life in the kitchen. Thus, by making use of every part of the produce, culinary upcycling helps conserve resources such as water, energy, and land that are used in the production of food. Embracing this approach promotes a sustainable food system by encouraging mindful consumption and reducing the strain on natural resources.

How To Do It   

  1. Get Creative: Explore recipes and cooking techniques that utilize food scraps and overlooked ingredients. Pair ingredients like carrot tops, broccoli stems, and citrus peels to uncover new flavors and textures.

  2. Plan It Well: Save vegetable trimmings and scraps in a designated container in the freezer until you are ready to use them in soups, stews, stocks, and sauces.

  3. Educate Yourself: Learn about the nutritional benefits of different parts of fruits and vegetables. Understanding the value of food scraps can inspire you to include them in your cooking regularly.

Finally, culinary upcycling is not only a practical solution to food waste but also a delicious way to nourish your body and support the health of the planet.  So, let us roll up our sleeves and sharpen our knives!

First published on: 13 Mar 2024, 10:31 IST

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