Finding a way to make your food last for a longer period of time is one step closer to reducing the amount of food that you waste. According to the Daily Mail 6.7 million tons of food ends up in the bin each year, which is a shockingly high amount. During the wartime period food was often scarce, so much so that it was even considered to be a crime to waste it. People had to ration every single portion which led to them coming up with inventive ways to make their food last longer. This is why many people look to the past for some tried and tested vintage tips and tricks to help make their food go further.
SLOW COOKING Using a slow cooker will help you to cut down on food waste. They are ideal for making tasty soups and stews out of whatever you have in the cupboard or fridge and will feed the whole family. Finding the right appliances online means that you can chuck a lot of your leftovers into the mix and make a hearty meal with food that you once intended to throw out.
USING LEFTOVERS Leftovers can often be transformed into compost using a composter. This is a great way to ‘reuse’ food and it is the perfect solution for those who grow their own fruit and vegetables. Another great way to put leftovers to good use is to make a delicious sauce – for example, if you have apples that have gone a bit soft, then these can be pureed with a little brown sugar to make either a sauce or a pudding. Likewise overripe bananas can be transformed into Annabel’s light as a feather Banana & Cinnamon Loaf.
MAKING FOOD LAST Tin foil wrapped around lettuce ensures it will stay crisp a lot longer. If you want your strawberries to last for at least a week, put them unwashed and with the hulls intact into a large airtight glass jar and refrigerate. To keep salad leaves perky, www.tescoliving.com advises that you put a clean dry sponge in your fridge drawer to absorb excess moisture so that foods prone to mould stay fresh.
MILK We usually store milk in the door section of the fridge but this is actually the worst place to keep it. This is because the door temperature tends to be a lot cooler than the rest of the unit. Instead, store your milk in the middle of the fridge to keep it from going sour too soon.
POTATOES One of the most common foods that go to waste in the UK are potatoes. Leftover mash makes bubble and squeak with a bit of leftover cabbage – pop a poached organic egg with a deep orange yolk on top and Bob’s your uncle. Don’t chuck out your potato skins either – simply sprinkle them with rock salt, pop them into a hot oven to crisp up and serve as a snack. You can do that with butternut squash peelings as well. Potato cakes are another easy and tasty recipe – here’s a delicious example.
BREAD A stale loaf is often used to make a classic bread and butter pudding or croutons for a salad or soup. But did you know it can be used as a cleaner? Slightly stale bread is great for cleaning marks on wallpaper because it picks up grime from the surface.