Ikea’s new cookbook, Scrapsbook, puts food scraps on the menu

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If you come throughout curdled milk, or wilted greens, it’s normally an indication that they’ve reached the finish of their life. Ikea respectfully disagrees.

Ikea Canada is moving into the cooking recreation with Scrapsbook, a new cookbook that makes use of all these forgotten, back-of-the-fridge merchandise and food waste which are normally tossed. It’s obtainable free to download as a PDF.

Ikea has made a dedication to go totally round—that’s, to run the enterprise with zero waste—by 2030. This cookbook appears to be an extension of that concept.

Cooks from throughout North America created recipes for the ebook that use a number of completely different methods to be sure to waste much less in the kitchen. Some use disguise, say with a wilted greens smoothie; mac & rinds, which includes cheese rinds into the traditional pasta dish; jam produced from watermelon rinds; or French press toast, which has whipped cream infused with spent espresso grounds. Others make the discarded ingredient heart stage: How about broccoli stalk tacos or some banana peel bacon? There are additionally some “scrappy suggestions” to avoid wasting nonedible food waste: You may grind egg shells right into a calcium powder to take away limestone deposits in the rest room, or flip espresso grounds into an exfoliating face masks.


There’s rather a lot to select from. The ebook has about 50 recipes that span breakfast, mains, sides, soups, and dessert. And when you would possibly want a way of journey to strive a few of them (like the spare fish croquettes), most appear like nearly another recipe you’d cook dinner up. General, there are many everything-but-the-kitchen-sink recipes that may act as a information to assist folks take into consideration food waste in another way. These recipes aren’t written in stone: Ingredient swapping is certainly allowed.

The food images helps right here—the excessive flash and staging evoke Bon Appétit fairly than the rubbish disposal. It additionally acts as a low-key alternative for Ikea product placement. Take that attractive two-layer chocolate banana peel cake on web page 155: It has froths of cappuccino-colored frosting and a dusting of cocoa powder, all atop a mint-green cake stand and close by plates—which Ikea additionally sells.

Whether or not scraps or not, lots of the recipes look scrumptious. And I undoubtedly gained’t have a look at my espresso grounds the similar means once more.