Even the most straightforward dish takes time – from preparation to removing the traces. With the right kitchen gadgets, you can give yourself many work steps in the future and at the same time produce less waste.
In Germany alone, almost 13 million tons of food are thrown in the trash every year – an average of 85.2 kilograms per household. However, the total does not only consist of expired food (although they usually have a much longer shelf life), but of leftovers. For a long time, the reason for this was the convenience of many people: instead of packing their food so that it can be reused, it was preferred to throw it away. Due to the increasing awareness of sustainable products, however, there are more and more kitchen gadgets that offer you the opportunity to preserve food for longer in just a few simple steps – and at the same time produce less waste.
Silicone Lids For Bowls, Mugs And Cans
In most households, it is customary to keep open food in the refrigerator. To prevent these from drying out, they are often covered with cling film or aluminium foil – both products then end up in the garbage. Dishwasher-safe and extremely flexible silicone lids offer a sensible and significantly more environmentally friendly alternative, durable and leak-proof. They are put over bowls, glasses, cans, pots, pans or melons and can then be reused.
Oilcloths For Food
Waxed cotton towels, which are used like cling film or aluminium foil, but are made of 100 percent cotton, organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and natural tree resin, are just as valuable as practical; this gives them antibacterial properties. In addition, the oilcloths can be washed and reused after use. This means that you produce less rubbish when you have to pack, freeze or wrap food. To activate the wipes, rub them between your hands and warm them up.
Bamboo Paper Towels / All-Purpose Towels
Due to the excessive use of paper towels, up to 3,000 tons of them end up in the trash every day. If you still don’t want to do without your kitchen roll, you can fall back on all-purpose towels made of absorbent bamboo fibres: They are antibacterial, hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. The registration consists of 20 clothes that can be washed up to 100 times – after each wash. They become even softer and more absorbent! But what’s even better: a bamboo roll can replace up to 60 conventional paper kitchen rolls and protect the environment.
Reusable Parchment Paper
Did you know that baking paper is not only made of paper but usually also contains silicone? The single-use product is used and thrown away as a matter of course in millions of households. Reusable baking pads have been around for a long time made of Teflon, which is heat-resistant, non-stick coated and even dishwasher safe. You can even cut these individually to suit the baking pan you want. This means that you produce less waste and save yourself the need to buy baking paper.
Do you know that too? You are peeling more onions or garlic cloves than you need – and you don’t want to throw away the leftovers, but you don’t want to store them in the refrigerator either. To avoid the pungent smell that would slowly spread in the kitchen, the food ends up in the trash even though it is still good. To prevent this in the future, use cling balls: Thanks to the tightly closed halves, your refrigerator remains odourless, and the opened food remains stable. And can be reused the next time you cook.
If you have a toaster on, then you’ve probably stood by, cursing, to scrape a burnt slice of bread from the grille. This is not only annoying but also unnecessary – with the reusable toastabags, you can toast the pieces in the future without any problems and crumbs. The pockets are handy when you want to make a sandwich with cheese in it. Thanks to the Teflon coating, the sandwich can be heated in the toaster without scraping the melted cheese out of the device. You can even heat a slice of pizza in it.
Stainless Steel Soap
Many foods such as onions and garlic, cheese and fish have a strong odour that sticks to our hands several hours after each touch. Not only is it very unpleasant, but it also smells like it. To counteract this, many people use chemical soaps, which are supposed to neutralize the odour and produce a lot of plastic waste. There is a rustproof stainless steel soap just as effective and, on top of that, durable and environmentally friendly. All you have to do is rub the soap between your hands under running water for a few seconds to remove the odours.
By 2021 at the latest, you will no longer be able to buy straws made from plastic: From this year, single-use products will be banned in the EU. In Germany alone, 40 billion plastic straws are used every year. Therefore, straws made from reusable materials such as stainless steel are much more sensible and significantly more environmentally friendly, Glasser silicone. They are straightforward to clean, offer the same drinking experience, but do not pollute our seas.
As delicious as watermelons taste, it is also laborious to chop them up: With the knife, you often cut out the slices or pieces too generously so that a lot of pulp ends up in the garbage. Watermelons, honeydew melons, papaya and pitaya, can be filleted much faster, easier and cleaner with the melon cutter made of high quality, food-grade stainless steel. In just a few seconds, you can cut evenly sized pieces from a wide variety of fruits – without much effort or loss of pulp.
Here, consuming the delicious pulp involves work that you can save yourself if you have avocado cutters. With this, you first remove the core and then cut the inside into six parts – which are immediately ready to serve. The device is dishwasher safe and has an ergonomic silicone handle so that it lies firmly in your hand and you don’t slip off when you want to cut the avocado.