This year we've been joining in with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's waste watching Slim Your Bin project which is based on Karen Cannard's Rubbish Diet.
Each week has a different focus and this week it was Food Waste. Great! That's one thing we do know about!
Let's rewind to May last year. This was when I stumbled into blogging through reading a few other thrifty, frugal blogs.
One afternoon I decided to see how difficult it was to set up a blog and whether someone like me, with no technological know how, could do it. Somehow I got myself set up on Blogger and I thought that if I did a couple of posts based on the Frugal Girl's Food Waste Friday, I could try the whole blogging thing out whilst being fairly sure that no-one would actually read what I was writing, because there are plenty of much better blogs out there and no-one could possibly be interested in reading about the food that a middle-aged woman in Wiltshire was throwing away, could they? That would be the end of it.
1. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers quickly, so that you can reuse them.
|Left over Christmas dinner veg|
3. Transfer bagged salads into a bowl with absorbent cloth or keep in a damp tea towel in the fridge.
4.Most things can be frozen. For instance I never knew that yogurt can be frozen, but it can. I liked Emma Croft, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Waste Minimisation Officer's quote: "I think of freezing as pressing the pause button."
5. Freeze fruit oddments for smoothies and easy sorbet type puddings.
|Sorbet - it's just blended up frozen leftover fruit|
7. It's amazing what can be recycled into a cake! Porridge, over ripe bananas, dried up oranges, excess yogurt...we've used them all!
|Chocolate and Yogurt cake|
8. Rescue cooking disasters rather than throwing them away; you can always cut burnt bits off (or use up super thick porridge in a cake...)
9. Save croutons or breadcrumbs in the freezer. (One day I'll do a special breadcrumbs blog post!).
|Bread chopped into croutons for the freezer|
11. Lemon that's past its best can be used for cleaning.
12. Menu plan: use up what you've got or make a list for what you haven't got. Then stick to the list.
13. It's perfectly safe to take a cavalier attitude towards 'best before' dates. These are a 'quality' date rather than for food safety. 'Use by' is a safety date, so you may want to be more careful with these. 'Display until' and 'Sell by' are information for the retailer only. Trust your senses and your common sense. Does it look and smell OK?
14. For food waste that you really can't freeze or reuse, consider getting a food digester or a couple of chickens!
Have you got any other food waste tips?