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Published on May 16, 2023

The Delicious Potential of Cooking with ‘Ugly’ Produce

In a world where food waste is a growing concern, more people are becoming aware of the benefits of using ‘ugly’ produce in their home cooking. Despite their less-than-perfect appearance, these fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious and tasty as their more aesthetically pleasing counterparts. In this article, we’ll explore the delicious potential of cooking with ‘ugly’ produce and how you can make the most of them in your kitchen.

What is ‘Ugly’ Produce?


When it comes to fruits and vegetables, it’s not always about looking perfect. That’s why we have ‘ugly’ produce, which refers to those fruits and veggies that may have some bumps or bruises, discolouration or simply an unconventional shape. These imperfections are often the result of natural causes, such as weather or pests, and do not affect the nutritional value or taste of the produce.

The Benefits of Cooking with ‘Ugly’ Produce

Reducing Food Waste


With one-third of all food produced in the world going to waste each year, using ‘ugly’ produce helps reduce food waste and make the most of precious resources. By choosing to cook with ‘ugly’ produce, you’re doing your part to help protect our planet and make the most of the resources that go into producing food.

Saving Money


Buying ‘ugly’ produce at a lower price than their perfectly shaped counterparts can help you save some cash while still providing you with the same nutritional value and delicious taste. So, you are not only being environmentally conscious but also being budget-savvy by using ‘ugly’ produce in your cooking!


Discovering New Flavours and Recipes


Cooking with ‘ugly’ produce can actually inspire creativity in the kitchen. When you have a misshapen carrot or a slightly bruised apple, you may need to think outside the box to come up with a recipe that will showcase its unique qualities. This can lead to new and exciting flavour combinations that you may not have thought of otherwise.


For example, a lumpy, misshapen zucchini may not be the most visually appealing ingredient. Still, it can be transformed into a delicious soup or roasted with herbs and spices for a flavourful side dish. Similarly, slightly wilted greens can make a tasty pesto or be incorporated into a stir-fry for added texture and flavour.


How to Use ‘Ugly’ Produce in Your Cooking


Soups and Stews


Using ‘ugly’ produce in soups and stews is not only practical but can also result in some delicious and hearty meals. Don’t let the less-than-perfect appearance of the produce discourage you, as it won’t affect the taste or texture of your final dish. Plus, soups and stews are the perfect comfort food, especially during the rainy season.

Smoothies and Juices


Another great way to use ‘ugly’ produce is in smoothies and juices. Fruits and vegetables that are too ‘ugly’ for salads or other dishes can be blended to create a delicious and nutritious beverage. Plus, smoothies and juices are also an excellent way to use up produce that’s starting to go bad.


Roasting and Grilling


Roasting and grilling are fantastic ways to bring out the best in ‘ugly’ produce. The high heat of Teka’s built in ovens in Singapore can transform even the most modest and misshapen vegetables into a mouth-watering delicacy.


Whether it’s sweet potatoes, carrots, or even broccoli, roasting or grilling can enhance the natural flavours and bring out the caramelised sweetness. Plus, it’s an easy way to prepare a delicious side dish or add some depth to your main course.



Cooking with ‘ugly’ produce is a win-win situation for both you and the environment. By using these overlooked fruits and vegetables, you’re reducing waste and creating tasty and healthy meals. The next time you visit the supermarket or wet market, don’t hesitate to grab some ‘ugly’ produce and bring it to your kitchen. You might be surprised at how delicious and fulfilling these hidden gems can be!


At Teka Singapore, we aspire to encourage our customers to join us in building a greener future by embracing sustainable living, one kitchen at a time. Join us in our mission to reduce food waste and promote sustainable living by choosing ‘ugly’ produce in your cooking and investing in our range of kitchen appliances in Singapore. Together, let’s make a difference for the environment and our future generations. Explore our website today to find out more.

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