world art craft

Zero Waste Food Art

How to make Zero Waste Food Art?

But first, what is food art?

Food Art can come in many different shapes but in general, it is about presenting food in a creative way. It’s an edible artwork. Whether we cook it or we craft it or both.

It doesn’t matter how we do it. What matters is how we present the food art. It will please the eyes and the taste buds. We can use many ingredients to create food art.

What is Zero Waste Food Art?

There is a tricky thing in making food art. We want to make an art that is pleasing our eyes and our taste buds. We forget the important thing. It should not be complicated.

Why complicated?

Sometimes, we focus on the design and we start buying more ingredients to match with our design. We get the idea from social media then we want to imitate exactly the same. Unfortunately, we don’t have the same ingredients. So, we buy new ingredients.

If our ingredients are what we need for our meal planning then it is ok. What if it is not?

We will get overwhelmed and our ingredients will be wasted.

Many years ago, I had this experience and I couldn’t stand it.

Why I have to buy new ingredients just to make a food art? That’s definitely not a goal that I want to achieve.

From then on, I only make ZERO WASTE FOOD ART


Sekar food art’s ingredients are what we have in the fridge or house.

Here are examples of Zero Waste Food Art:

Food Art is like art and craft but using food as material. There only three type of ingredients for food art:

  1. Vegetables
  2. Fruits
  3. Bread, Pasta or Potatoes.

Basically, we always have those three ingredients. So, we are always prepared to make food art.

Here are 3 tips of making zero waste food art:

  1. The time

When is the snack time? I serve my food art during snack time at home. Why? Because food art is usually a small portion of food. It’s good for a snack size meal.

2. Ideas

Check food art ideas in Instagram or other social media platforms. For more ideas, you can check mine in Instagram @sekarfoodart. It’s always good to start with easy design which we are confident to create it.

3. The Making

We always use the ingredients that we already have. It is also a good choice if we can use left-over too.

What if we don’t have the same ingredients with the design we choose? Replace them with the ingredients we have.

What if we use dry ingredients like quinoa as decoration?

We can put them back in the jar or we can cook quinoa for dinner meal.

Think of our food art as a snack meal that will bright up our family mood. Everyone will enjoy the food art and eat them together.

So, we please our eyes, satisfy our appetite and no wasted ingredients

Now we know how to make zero waste food art, it’s time to make it!

For more ideas, you can check on my website

Happy to know you,

Sekar Nareswari

Short Bio

Sekar Nareswari is the creative head of Sekar Food Art She is mastering her food art’s skill & coaching in The Netherlands, Philippines and Indonesia. Her friends describe her as a very energetic person & creative person. Her family sees her as a very expressive & extrovert person. Food Art & Workshop is her outlet to express her creativity & to boost her energy.  She is currently living in Zwolle, The Netherland.

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