Tips for reducing waste
We’ve got lots of bright ideas about how you can use up leftovers, plus clever ideas to make food last longer or go further! See our top tips below...
Bready to crumble
You can use a food processor to whiz up the ends of any loaves of bread you might have leftover. The breadcrumbs can be used for burgers, toppings, etc.
Ice and a slice
If you have lemons or limes that need using up, cut them into slices or wedges and freeze. They’re then ready to pop into your G&T or lemonade anytime!
Freeze any unfinished bottles of wine in ice cube trays so you can pop them in sauces, spag bolognese and other meals without having to open a whole bottle.
Use any leftover veg in a soup – just boil up stock, a tin of tomatoes, lentils and any veg for a healthy lunch or snack. Try gazpacho in the summer.
You say tomato
Any over-ripe tomatoes can go in a great big pan of tomato sauce that can be frozen and used in pasta sauces, chilli con carne and lots more besides.
Pizza the action
If you’ve made too much pizza dough, remember that you can freeze the second half for a quick and easy future dinner rather than binning it.
If your bananas are going black, remember you can freeze them. Thaw them out before using them in banana bread, or you can pop them frozen into smoothies.
Grow your own!
You can regrow food from kitchen scraps – plant the root end of an onion in a sunny place in your garden and cover it with soil. Keep it watered and watch it grow!
Have a good browse online for recipe ideas that use up that last ingredient you aren’t quite sure what to do with. There are lots of great ones on this website!
Stick to your list
Always write a shopping list before you head to the supermarket or farmer’s market. That way, you’re less likely to buy things you don’t need or won’t use.
You can eat anything that’s leftover from your evening meal for tomorrow’s lunch – simply add couscous or quinoa to bulk it out, if it’s not quite enough.
The big freeze
If fruit or veg ripens before you can use it, get it ready by peeling and chopping, then pop it into a sandwich bag and freeze. It’ll keep until you need it.
Make a plan
Before shopping, think carefully about the meals you’ll make over the week, then have a look in your cupboards and only top up the ingredients you really need.