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Food

Say goodbye to food waste!

By bzbeth 14 Mar 2019

Every now and then, you might look in your fridge/cupboards and think you have nothing that's going to make a substantial meal...

And oh how you're wrong! 

There are lots of ways to use basic ingredients that might have seen better days. Even if you've only got 2 or 3 ingredients, these can be used in ways you've never thought of before. Either way, the good news is that you can stop throwing things anything away.

The next time you're short on money and don't know how to use up old fruit and vegetables, try these:

1. Tomato soup

Tomatoes naturally become soft and squishy after a while, which usually leaves them a bit mushy inside. Instead of just throwing them away, stick them in a blender to make soup. You'll need a few extra ingredients, but make sure you don't waste those tomatoes!

2. Frozen banana

A simple solution to save a sorry looking banana is to peel and slice it, and put it in the freezer for a quick and healthy snack! An alternative is to whack the bananas with some milk into a blender and make refreshing a smoothie.

3. Vegetarian stir-fry or stew

By the end of the week, you will probably find that there is leftover veg hanging around your fridge and cupboards (like broccoli, carrots, sweetcorn etc.) taking up space. Instead of throwing them in the bin, chop them up and throw them into an omelette, stir-fry or make a hearty stew?

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4. Breadcrumbs

There's always that stale bit of bread that has been left in the bottom of the packet, but it can be used to make croutons or blitzed into breadcrumbs. For breadcrumbs, add some herbs and chilli flakes to them and then sprinkle over a piece of meat/fish and bake

5. Potato wedges

A tell-tale sign that your spuds are reaching their last days is when they start to sprout. At this stage, cut the potato into wedges, cover in olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper and cook in the oven until nice and crispy on the outside.

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To prevent getting yourself in the situation when you're left with only a few sparse ingredients, only buy what you need when you go food shopping. Special offers and bulk buying might seem like a good idea, but when you're left with food that ends up getting thrown away, it's much worse. A great way to do this is by buying single ingredients from a small grocer or market stall instead of buying larger quantities from a supermarket.

Remember; don't waste food if you can help it. Think of the effect it's having on the planet! 

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