Project no. 306
CheeseItYourself: Revaluation of a Food By-Product
with a Minimum Footprint
I. Anagnostara, P. Dima, H. Gómez and C. Masiá
DTU Process and Innovation, Technical University of Denmark
4473 and 196418 tons of aquafaba, a by-product that is generated every time chickpeas
are consumed, are wasted in Denmark and Germany each year, respectively. From these
quantities, around 44 and 1964 tons are proteins, which constitute one of the biggest future
demands regarding food.
Furthermore, 152 million tonnes of CO2 are produced annually by the food industry just in
England, of which food storage, manufacturing, transport, washing, cooking and specially
Dairy production add up to 45% of it.
CheeseItYourself aims to reduce these enormous wasted food quantities with a particular
approach. The project wants to make consumers conscious of the easiness of reusing food
by-products, giving them all the keys to do it from their home. CheeseItYourself wants
everyone to play a leading role in food waste reduction. The proposed solution is CheeseIt!,
a powder-form ingredients mix containing all the key components to revaluate aquafaba and
turn it into a homemade vegan cheese. It offers an more nutritious alternative to already
commercialized vegan cheeses and its versatility allows the consumer to adapt it to their
own taste by adding different seasonings to their own recipe.
Regarding its production process, the strongest sustainable aspect of CheeseIt! production
is that the main unit operations needed do not require high or low temperature. Hence, the
energetic requirement will be enormously minimized, as well as for the storage conditions.
CheeseIt! has a powder format and does not require a specific storage temperature, only a
dry atmosphere. In terms of transportation, the cost will be extremely reduced given that
large amounts of weight in water will not be transported as it would happen in the case of a
different product format. For this reason, CheeseIt! production will have a low environmental
impact, generating low CO2 emissions and reporting a low carbon footprint.
With CheeseIt!, everyone is able to directly contributing the fight against food waste,
revaluating aquafaba at their own kitchen.