If you find that you’re throwing a lot of fresh food out at the end of the week as it’s gone bad, this can be bad for your budget as well as the environment.
As part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge we give you meal plans and shopping lists so that you only need to buy what you need.
But if you need a hand to reduce your waste (and save time on your cooking too) we’ve got some ideas. Reduce what goes in the bin by being smarter about how you store your fresh food.
Tips On Storing Fresh Food To Reduce Wastage:
Cut off base of asparagus and place end of the asparagus stalk upright in jar of water, cover the tips with some plastic and put in fridge. They can then last a few weeks, but be sure to change the water if it starts discolouring.
Try this: Asparagus Feta Frittata
Cut, remove seed and store in a snap lock bag in fridge to use in a few days or place in freezer for use at a later stage. To ripen an avocado faster, keep out of refrigerator and place next to bananas.
Peel, cut in to halves and then cut each of the halves into 4 or 5 pieces. Store each half a banana in snap lock bags and freeze. Perfect to store ready for your Healthy Mummy Smoothies
Try this: Banana Oat Lactation Smoothie.
Remove leaves from stem, wash leaves and dry. Once fully dry store loosely in a sealed container or snap lock bag. Another option is to put basil into a blender on the ‘pulse’ setting to chop it, then add a little olive oil (which will stop the basil from going dark or black in colour in the freezer) and then put into ice cube trays. Once frozen store in snap lock bags in the freezer. Can also replace with a little water rather than oil.
Cut into sticks and place into a plastic container with a little water or a damp piece of paper towel at the bottom of the container. Put the lid on the container and keep in fridge. This makes the celery last longer than keeping it in the bag it comes in. The celery is also all cut and ready to go for snacks or ready to cut into smaller pieces for use in meals.
Try this: serve your chopped celery with these tasty homemade dips.
Stores in fridge for up to 3 weeks by either wrapping in paper towel or in a ventilated plastic bag. To store in freezer wash in cold water and either leave whole or chop them up. Spread chillies on a flat surface and cover with a cloth and leave to dry completely so that they don’t stick together when frozen. Then freeze in a snap lock bag.
Cut and store in snap lock bags in freezer similar to spring onions.
Try this: Mushroom and Chive Risotto.
Wrap in paper towel and then place in plastic bag in fridge.
Store at room temperature in a dry location with little light to inhibit sprouting. Do not refrigerate or store in a plastic bag. Store either in a paper bag, egg carton or mesh bag.
Try this: Homemade Garlic Onion and Tomato Pasta Sauce.
To peel ginger, use a spoon rather than a potato peeler. You will avoid wasting too much of the ginger. Once peeled, chop into thumb size pieces and freeze in snap lock bag. You can then grate or chop a piece as needed.
Leftover Tomato Paste, Stock or Tinned Tomatoes
Pour into ice cube trays, and once frozen, store in snap lock bags in freezer.
Try this: use any or all of these ingredients in this One Pot Spaghetti Bolognese (yes even the pasta is cooked in the same pot!).
Lemons & Limes
Juice and place into ice cube trays. Once frozen store in a snap lock bag in the freezer. Another option is to cut limes and lemons into wedges and store in your freezer in snap lock bags.
Long Life Milk (such as almond or soy milk)
These only last for 3-5 days after opening so pour into ice cube trays to freeze and once frozen place into snap lock bags in the freezer.
Try this: Choc Berry Chia Pudding
Store in a paper bag with holes punched (use a hole punch) about 1 inch apart, this allows for ventilation. Store in a dark, dry location. Onions can last up to 3 months this way. Never store onions in plastic bags and do not store onions with potatoes as they give off gases that will accelerate spoilage of each other.
Chop and then freeze in a snap lock bag. They do not stick together so you do not need to store these in portion sizes.
Try this: Spring Onion Fritters.
Sweet Potato & Parsnips
Cut into ‘fingers’ for baking chips and then put into a snap lock bag in portion sizes. Add a little oil and some mixed herbs, shake until coated, and then freeze.
Once open these only last for a few days. So place a piece of baking paper or the cheap home brand plastic sandwich bags between each wrap and place back into the bag they came in and reseal. Then place flat in the freezer. The wraps now won’t stick together so in future you can pull apart and defrost when they are ready for use.
Try this: Spinach and Pesto Pizza. There is a quick how-to video so you can see how easy it is to make.
For more healthy meal and snack recipes, join thousands of other mums on our next 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
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