Use-It-Up Flexipes 

Need to find a use for that bunch of fresh herbs you only used half of? Or that baguette that's rapidly turning into a bag-brick? Check out the recipes (more like guidelines) below to transform kitchen castoffs into meals in their own right. And, actually, we're not calling these "recipes," so much as "flexipes." These dishes are designed to accommodate whatever you have on hand.

The recipes are listed below; to search by ingredient, check out the Food Index

Do you have an ingenious "flexipe" that keeps commonly wasted food out of the trash? We welcome guest posts. Please email

October 27, 2019

Hotel buffets and catered events are notorious for wasting food, which got the World Wildlife Fund’s attention because wasted food means wasted crop land. Precious wildlife habitat is being overtaken by agriculture, so for the love of everyone from big cats to tiny fro...

August 18, 2019

The greens atop your carrot bunches are totally edible and are great in pesto! Read on for how to spin them into nutty, herbal goodness in this guest post from Amanda Pollon (and, while you're here, check out Amanda's beautiful handmade clothing at her Etsy shop!)

In an...

June 24, 2019

Today, I'm excited to share a guest post from Jonathan Deutsch of Drexel University. Deutsch, a professor of culinary arts, founded the Drexel Food Lab, which aims to address real-world problems through food product design. Read on for an ingenious recipe to help...

May 18, 2019

When Dan Kurzrock and Jordan Schwartz first brewed their own beer back in college, the amount of spent grain “waste” astounded them. The industrious students started baking the leftover slurry into bread, which they then sold to support their brewing hobby. One thing l...

April 11, 2019

I love papaya and can’t believe it took me this long to learn that the seeds are edible! When raw, they’re peppery with a texture somewhere between a half-popped popcorn kernel and a blackberry seed. Dry them in the oven and their pungency will decrease and they’ll cru...

March 12, 2019

Back before there were food scrap cookbooks, movements like SaveTheFood and, oh, I don't know, websites like EatOrToss, there was one food-waste avoiding recipe that just about everybody knew: banana bread baked with overripe bananas.

Yet for years the right banana brea...

February 3, 2019

Here's an easy recipe for roasted chickpeas, which make for great, healthy snacking at work. But, don't dump the water from the can! Whip it into a chocolate mousse! Here's how to do both at once!

December 30, 2018

If you live in Washington, D.C., and have looked into reducing food waste in your kitchen, you’ve probably heard of Hungry Harvest. The fresh grocery delivery service finds homes for surplus, “ugly” and otherwise rejected foods in the region. Of course, EatOrToss is al...

December 8, 2018

I still remember my first sip of that strange drink called shrub. It was refreshing, perfectly fruity, sweet, but not cloying; it had a little bit of a bite. 

“What IS this?” I asked the bartender. This is when he explained that a shrub was a “drinking vinegar.”


October 11, 2018

Photo illustration by Meggan Davis

I think some of us just might divide time into two categories: after we learned that the liquid in canned beans had miraculous properties, and before, when we (the horror!) dumped it down the sink without a second thought. 

That liquid,...

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