Root To Stem And Upcycling Explained. Is It The Future?

The Better Food Wirral team have started to hear the terms root to stem and upcycling bandied about like nobody’s business. So, we thought we’d find out exactly what it means and whether it’s something we can incorporate into our lifestyles whilst living upon the lovely Wirral. As always we’re keen for anything that is going to make us healthier, and of course save us money but is this trend more trouble than it’s worth? Let us investigate! 

Waste Not Want Not
Interestingly enough, root to stem cooking is something that is coming to us from top restaurants in an effort to reduce food waste. So, while most trends we see which filter through restaurants into our homes are somewhat unachievable (we’re looking at you food foam) this one is not only doable but it also makes sense. Simply put, root to stem cooking is all about finding unique ways to use every part of the fruit or vegetable rather than throwing them out. 
 

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What To Ask Yourselves
What we love when trends like this are taken up by big name restaurants is the myriad of online conversations that are started. Six months ago if you had googled ‘root to stem recipe’, you wouldn’t have had much luck but now everyone is talking about it. So, before you discard the stalks from your head of cauliflower, lops the tops of your carrots or throw out the woody end of an asparagus, why not think – is this something I can use? 

Food Upcycling
This trend is very similar and it is important to mention that this is actually not a new concept. In fact, this is basically The Theory of Catering cookbook rebranded into a cool and quirky new term which is marketable to a new generation of foodies. Think stale bread transformed into croutons and meat and vegetable scraps made into stock. Big companies have been doing this for a while now in an effort to appear more sustainable, and even large spirit companies have been donating spent barely waste to farmers to be used as fertiliser on crops.

 

Image Source: @plentyvegan 

Image Source: @plentyvegan 

Be A Trendsetter
In the next few years, we’re betting you’ll see more and more companies taking on these approaches to increase sustainability and lower operating costs. But we think they’ll also start to appear on supermarket shelves and on our Instagram feeds. So why not get ahead of the curb and adopt these approaches early, trendsetter?

Join The Food Revolution
As food prices ever increase, we’re totally all for a couple of back to roots food trends which will save us money and make the most of our weekly shop. But it’s not just our pockets that will benefit as Project Draw down did a study of hundreds of solutions to global warming and guess what? Reducing food waste ranked as #3 on their highest impact list. In fact, we’d like to see a food revolution take place and we’re dubbing it ‘the war on waste’. You in? 


Want to see what combatting food waste looks like in our kitchens? Comment below your most used vegetables and we’ll post some recipes including where we usually buy the ingredients from our favourite Wirral producers. 

Author: Better Food Wirral Team