It is high time we created awareness of poverty and environmental changes around us and reducing food waste is a great way to do the same
In a world that is becoming increasingly aware of the environment, rising poverty, food-waste, composting, it is a good idea to do your bit to reduce food waste. The following are eight simple ways in which you can utilize everyday food items to make healthy and tasty alternatives instead of throwing them in the bin.
1) Did you end up buying too many limes and lemons? More than you need for the recipe you were trying out for the evening? Are you scared they will rot and go bad before you use them again? How about you squeeze the juice into ice cube trays and let it freeze into lemon cubes? Just the thought of adding them to a glass of water on a hot sultry evening makes my mouth water.
2) Do you have leftover salsa, vegetables, cheese or even spices? Pool them all in on your frying pan when you're making your omelette next morning - not only will that make your breakfast a lot more delicious and a tad bit healthy, but also help lower the levels of your compost bin.
3) Instead of throwing away the butt ends of carrots and other similar vegetables, like the stalks of leafy vegetables, put them in a big pot of water to boil. Save yourself the money which you would use otherwise to buy yourself vegetable stock and instead make your own. Your kitchen will also thank you because it will be filled up with a warm homely aroma.
4) If you have leftover wine from a party that will go bad if you leave the cork unscrewed for too long, remember the lime and lemon trick? Freeze them as ice cubes and use them in your risotto recipe next time and I assure you that it'll be the best risotto you will have ever made and tasted.
5) Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries go bad before you know it, but there is a period of time where they're not bad enough or rotten enough to be thrown. You can chop them up and put them in freezer bags and freeze. You can then take them out and throw them in your blender with some added milk or water for a scrumptious and nutritious smoothy.
6) Too many bananas should never be too much of a problem. You can add them as a sweetener for your smoothy, use them to make banana bread or even freeze them, add tomatoes and cook them into a delicious sweet tomato breakfast dish.
7) Unless your bread is molding there's nothing called stale bread. Chop them up and save the crumbs. Put them in a boiling pot just before you are about to drink soup the next time and make some game-changing croutons. You don't even have to wait for soup, you can add them to your salad as well.
8) Everyone hates having to buy a whole bundle of fresh herbs when they only have to use 2% of them. Instead of watching them wither and wilt away, you can chop them, put them in an ice tray, cover them with oil and extend their longevity exponentially.