Turn food waste into fertilizer
One of the trendiest foodie gadgets to hit shelves this past holiday season was the Tero, an innovative countertop, electronic composting device. The unique technology transforms everyday food waste into natural, nutrient-rich fertilizer you can sprinkle on your indoor plants and outdoor garden.
The Quebec-based company was founded by Elizabeth Coulombe and Valérie Laliberté, two entrepreneurial women passionate about climate change issues, as part of their graduation project in product design at Université Laval. The Canadian soil sisters launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2019, raising more than $1,750,000 in one month. Response to the campaign convinced the duo they had designed a product with overwhelming demand.
In just a few hours, Tero’s drying and grinding process reduces the volume of your waste by 90 per cent without unpleasant odours. Say goodbye to smelly recycling bags that leak en route to the recycling bin!
The Tero container is dishwasher-friendly, holds up to four litres of food waste, is small enough to sit on a kitchen counter and is 200 per cent more effective than the leading food recycler. The device is also kid-friendly and a great teaching tool on how to recycle, reduce and reuse! ($595 at teroinnovation.ca)
Apps for food lovers
Too Good To Go (iPhone and iPad) is our favourite eco-inspired download in Apple’s App Store. Use the free app to rescue surprise bags filled with delicious, unsold food from businesses in your neighbourhood. Simply search the map to find a restaurant, café or shop near you that has surplus food. Buy the food through the app for as little as $2. It’s debuting in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal but looking to launch across Canada this year; check to see if your city has signed up. (toogoodtogo.ca)
Kitchen Stories is the free app to help you get dinner on the table pronto. Developed in Berlin, Kitchen Stories delivers thousands of recipes that offer step-by-step instructions via photos and video. The app also includes a handy serving-size calculator, downloadable shopping lists and a global community of home cooks who share recipes and offer feedback and tips for your everyday cooking and baking challenges. Available for Mac laptops, iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch and Apple TV.
If you’re looking to reduce the number of gadgets in your kitchen, look no further than the innovative 8-in-1 kitchen tool. The compact bottle comes with a funnel, juicer, grater, egg cracker, shredder, cap opener, egg separator and measuring cup! $13.99 (amazon.ca)
Mexican made easy
Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico by Bon Appetit food editor Rick Martinez (Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed $42.50) invites you to enjoy authentic Mexican dishes at home. Join Martinez on a culinary journey through all seven regions of Mexico and you’ll find there’s more to experience than tacos and margaritas. And don’t worry: Martinez keeps availability of ingredients top of mind and offers substitutions just in case.
Mi Cocina arrives at Indigo May 3, 2022, but you can pre-order now.