Take a Taste of Karma’s Discounts!

By Emma Broderick

While browsing Karma’s produce section, you may have noticed the small bins of wilted greens, overripe fruit, bruised apples and the like that lie under our member table. With our thirty percent discount, members can buy produce here and save money and some of Karma’s beloved fruits and veggies! For those of you looking to use up old produce in creative ways, I have compiled this list to help get you started. 

Even for those of you who typically stray away from our discount section, this article can help you use up all your fresh produce before it goes bad. Learning how to use up all your produce is vital in the fight against food waste. In fact, as per the City of Toronto, the average single-family household throws away over 200 kg of food waste a year with a large part of it, 45 kg a year, being fruit and vegetables. So, if you want to save yourself some money and reduce your own household food waste, read on!

Bake It!

If you’d like to get into some baking this fall season, there are a number of ways to use up some less-than-perfect produce. Overripe pears and apples work perfectly for pies, crumbles, cobblers, and crisps. In the summertime, Karma’s nectarines, apricots, peaches, plums, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are yummy additions to these dishes as well. Applesauce and apple butter are also great options for our reduced apples and you can use your scraps for some homemade apple cider vinegar. Any of the above fruits can work in quick breads like cakes, brownies, cookies, banana breads, muffins, pancakes, scones, and zucchini breads along with discount bananas, mangoes, and zucchinis. 

Spread It!

Spread the news… our discounted produce works great in a variety of spreads! Discounted basil or leafy greens like spinach and kale can make a tasty pesto. For jams, you can use nectarines, apricots, peaches, and plums as well as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Oranges, grapefruit, and lemons are great for a nice and sweet marmalade and old tomatoes are delicious in salsas. If you’re in the mood for some hummus, you can use some of our carrots, beets, and bell pepper or some eggplant for baba ganoush. 

Blend It!

You can’t write an article about using up old produce without mentioning the classic: smoothies! Any of our fruits (and especially our bananas) or greens can be blended into a healthy and tasty smoothie. If you have a sweeter tooth, you can make milkshakes and ice cream using old bananas or mangoes. 

Tomato Tomahto: How to Use ‘Em up!

I dedicated a whole section to discount tomatoes because they can be used for such a wide variety of dishes! Tomato sauce, tomato vinaigrette, tomato soup, gazpacho, bruschetta, and ketchup are all great options for older tomatoes. Have no fear of the wrinkly tomato: the options are limitless!

Don’t Forget Your Greens!

See some wilted or sad-looking greens before you? No need to worry! So many meals are still possible. Old greens like arugula, chard, kale, and spinach can be sauteed and act as a great compliment to a meal. These greens can also be chopped up and stirred through a hot pasta or risotto or made into a nice green soup (lettuce soups are especially useful!). Old broccoli and asparagus work nicely in a frittata, quiche, or omelette. 

Clean It Up!

Now that you’ve done all this cooking, it’s time to clean up! Believe it or not, you can still use our discounts while keeping your kitchen squeaky clean. Old citrus can help clean out your microwave so no leftovers get too messy. Lemon and orange peels can also clean out your garbage disposal and leave your kitchen smelling fresh. Finally, a thin layer of lemon or lime juice will clean up your cutting board after all that chopping in the kitchen! 

As we all know, food waste is a growing issue globally and locally. Hopefully through utilizing this list and sharing your own ideas with other Karma members, we can find ways to reduce our own contribution in fun and creative ways.