Hints and tips
Get planning this Christmas
Christmas can be really expensive - I never go out impulse buying when I do the big Christmas shop as I end up wasting half of it. Take a look in your cupboards, fridge and freezer and make note of what foods you already have, this will help you to avoid doubling up when hitting the shops. I also write a meal plan for a couple of weeks before so that I can save in the run up (and save time not thinking about what to cook). The Love Food Hate Waste meat free plan is great for this.
Correct over spicing
Try adding citrus juice - lemon or lime. Alternatively shredded or chopped potato can help - the sugar helps to fight the heat. Nut butter can help counter heat in certain dishes. Cheese can temper a spicy chilli. Coconut milk/yoghurt/milk can really tone down the heat in a spicy curry.
Correct over salting
If you have over salted soup, add unsalted liquid to dilute it or toss in a peeled, quartered potato for 15 minutes. Over-salted sauces can often be helped with the addition of a little cream, brown sugar or vinegar. Use your judgement depending on the sauce, using a little at a time and tasting all the way. A bit of unsalted, cooked white rice pureed with unsalted water or broth to a thin paste can also help cure over salted soups or stews.
Correct a burnt taste to food
Freezing lemons and limes
"I slice fruit like lemons/limes & freeze on a tray. Once frozen, they can be popped into a suitable storage bag/box (The 'fat ends' can be used to squeeze over/into foods & the frozen slices popped into drinks - 'ice & a slice' in one!)"
Using ice cube trays to reduce food waste
"You need the ones that make BIG ice cubes, I fill the trays with the food (e.g. baked beans in tomato sauce, tinned veg in liquid, gravy, sauces, stuffing, anything that fits) Once frozen, they can be popped out of the trays into suitable storage bag/box & the trays washed & ready for use again. I make a note of how many cubes is one serving, so that I just defrost what is needed. You can write this on the bag."
Keeping food fresher for longer whilst reducing food waste.
Love Food Hate Waste has spotted a nifty little gadget to help you keep your fresh food fresher for longer at home. Keep me Fresh are offering a simple solution using O3 technology. By using O3 in household fridges, mould and bacteria are eliminated and food stays fresher for longer, meaning less food is thrown away. It's a simple solution and a nifty gadget - Otherwise known as Berry Breeze. Good for those who love their gadgets and love their food.
Using leftover BBQ chicken
We always strip down any chicken left on a BBQ chicken carcass and store in a container. We find it is more likely to be used up this way than when left on the bone, which looks somewhat unappetizing. If the meat isn't used in a couple of days it can be frozen for use in another recipe like a curry, soup or pie.
Make your own vegetable stock
To make tasty stock, keep a clear poly bag with a quick-clip in the kitchen freezer. Put all the stems when preparing fresh herbs such as parsley, thyme, rosemary etc and the tough green parts of leeks, base plate of onions and any clean off-cuts of vegetables into this bag as you go along. Boil up this glorious mix to make tasty vegetable stock, without salt if you wish! Much better than any cube.
Create your own mixed herbs
Instead of throwing out the last of the contents from jars of dried herbs, tip what’s left into a separate one and add more of your ‘leftover herbs’ each time you have some. You will end up with an interesting jar of mixed herbs. Careful what you throw together if you have spices though - do a separate jar for those!