We are doing something different here today. No more restaurant reviews for a while. Where are we going. Nowhere.
Anyhow, I have some tips for you all. Many of us are using this time to sharpen our culinary skills, calm our nerves with baking and eat good, hearty home-cooked food. Lifestyles are changing and have changed. Many of us are spending a lot more time indoors and naturally, this means that we may be eating more. This increases the chance of more waste being accumulated.
I'm here to give you a few tips to help you minimise waste and hopefully save you some money. You may know some of these things already, but someone out there may not.
1. Vegetable scraps can be used to make vegetable broth / stock, which in turn can be a great base for soups.
2. If you are on the juicing, use the pulp of the vegetables and fruit to make things like purees and pastes. You can even throw this into your meals. For example, carrot pulp can be blended with tomatoes to create a spicy pepper sauce (maybe one day I will publish a recipe for this).
3. Hopefully you have some freezer space. Cooked way too much? Don't put it all into the fridge. Put some into the freezer too. Remember to add whatever you can't or won't finish to the freezer. Surprise food is always great.
4. Meal prepping is a great way to ensure that food doesn't get wasted. Cook in bulk and separate everything into containers. This helps with portion control and ensuring that you don't under-estimate or over-estimate how much you're taking from your bulk cook for one meal.
5. Turn stale bread into dessert. Flour is becoming extinct. Why not make a bread pudding? Or French Toast? You could even turn the bread into croutons or breadcrumbs. Coat your chicken with the breadcrumbs.
6. Make a shopping list before every shopping trip. Don't spend hours trawling through aisles like a lost puppy. Don't waste your time. Sticking to a list will save you money and could be the difference between finding what you need and narrowly missing out.
7. Do you have random vegetables lying around that you don't know what to do with? Turn them into a soup or stew.
8. To get more out of your chicken, boil it first with onions, garlic, a bit of salt and thyme. Save the stock. I love to use this in my jollof rice (not my recipe). It gives it more depth. You can use the chicken stock for so many other things.
9. Save the seeds from fruits and vegetables and grow your own using them. There are so many things you can grow at home. For example, spring onions. My Dad grows his own spinach and it tastes amazing.
10. This might be common sense but SCRAPE every thing out. You can butter that slice of toast with the remaining slithers of butter. Swish the can with water - get all of that juice out. The rice at the bottom of the pot that is a bit more brown - if it is crispy, it's good. When you've finished making your eba, those wafer thin offerings on the side of the pot - great crisps.
I hope that I have given you some food for thought. Now is the time to be even more resourceful and for us to put our health and wellbeing first.
Wishing you all the best, and here's to less wasting.