December 1, 2022

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Food loaded for bear

Brilliant ideas to cut down on food waste


Whether you need inspiration for ways to use produce you’d usually throw away, tricks to make food last longer or ideas to cook every part of a vegetable, we’ve got you covered. These handy hacks will show you how to reduce food waste and make your tastiest meals yet.




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Did you know you can regrow scallions? Just fill a glass with water, put the white ends in with the roots facing downwards and every day or so, replace the water. In a week you’ll have a whole new bundle, ready to chop and sprinkle over potatoes, omelets and salads.




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While it’s a massive shame to open a bottle of Champagne or prosecco and have the bubbles disappear before you’ve had a chance to finish it, it doesn’t have to be a total waste. You could make a Champagne sauce to pair with seafood, pour a little into an indulgent risotto or even make Champagne-flavored macarons.




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It can be tricky to know when avocados are at their sweet spot in terms of ripeness. But if you’re a couple of days late, there’s a delicious way to save this favorite food. Make an indulgent avocado chocolate mousse by blending two whole avocados with cocoa powder, vanilla and honey.




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Sometimes it’s not possible to finish a pack of nuts or seeds before they’ve gone stale, but a short roasting in the oven or toasting in a frying pan will have them tasting crisp and new. It won’t take more than five to 10 minutes, so keep an eye out to catch them before they burn.




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This handy hack will extend the life of delicate herbs such as mint, cilantro and parsley. Trim their stems, remove dying leaves and stand them in a jar of water as though they’re a bunch of flowers. They’ll stay perky for days to come.




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Fresh berries are delicious but they don’t last long in the fridge. To help preserve them, wash in a mixture of one-part vinegar to three-parts water, then drain, rinse thoroughly and pop in the fridge. Don’t worry, it won’t make the fruit taste vinegary, it will just kill any germs and keep mold away longer.




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A roast is fabulous the first time, but reheating leftover cold roast chicken, beef or pork the next day can be less than inspiring. So why not turn your leftovers into a new dish? Chop meat into little pieces and add to a risotto, stir-fry or burrito, sorting you out with meals for the rest of the week.




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The humble spud is known to last a reasonably long time when stored in a cool, dark cupboard. But often potatoes turn before you’re ready to use them. When you notice this happening, don’t leave them any longer. Cut them into cubes and boil them, then throw the pieces into any salads, frittatas, curries or stews.




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If you only eat cauliflower florets and discard the leaves, you’re missing out. The leaves are entirely edible and can be used in cooking just like spinach, kale or chard. Peel off the leaves, drizzle them in olive oil and roast them. Or chop finely and add to a stir-fry.




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We’ve all stocked the fruit bowl with good intentions and a week later found most of its contents still there. However, if your apples, pears or other fruits are starting to turn, bake them into something more exciting. Once inside fluffy muffins or a golden crumble, any bruises and bumps will be entirely undetectable.




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While Parmesan rinds aren’t pleasant to eat, don’t throw them out as they’re packed with flavor. Just as you would with vegetable scraps, set these aside and add them next time you’re cooking stock for soup, sauces and stews.




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Did you know bananas let off a gas called ethylene that causes fruit and veg to ripen quicker? To prevent other produce from prematurely going bad, store bananas separately. A banana hanger is great for this, as it allows the gas to move away and means the bunch doesn’t brown too fast either.




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Chicken bones have far too much flavor and nutrients to go in the trash can. Turn them into stock to use as the base for soups, stews and curries. If you don’t have enough bones after one meal, collect and store them in the freezer until you’re ready to make the broth.




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When you notice your fresh fruit or veg is starting to look a little worse for wear, a sure-fire way to save the rest is to remove the culprits immediately. If they’re good enough to eat, store them in a separate container and transfer the healthy produce to a new, clean box so it’s not contaminated.




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