Hints and tips
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.
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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!
Great tip for using up ripe pears
How often have you bought a bag of rock hard pears from the supermarket, which seem to take forever to ripen, then all of a sudden you find that the whole bag needs eating immediately before they go off?
When they get to this stage, a great way to use them is to peel them carefully, trim the stalks and place them into a slow cooker and cover with red wine and a little caster sugar. Using mulled wine adds a wonderful flavour & will not need any sugar (luckily I had some left over from Christmas).
Cook on the high setting for about an hour and a half.
The results are a delicious dessert fit for a dinner party, that goes well with yoghurt, cream or ice cream, but are pretty tasty on their own! This dessert can also be made in a large saucepan, although you will have to keep an eye on it whilst it simmers it will probably take about half the time to cook.
Uses for overripe tomatoes
If you find that you've got a lot of tomatoes that have become too squashy for salads or sandwiches, blitz them in a blender and use in place of tinned tomatoes in pasta dishes or chillies.
Easy homemade salsas and dips
You can easily make salsas and dips out of almost anything. Take those scraps left in the fridge you don't want to chuck away, but aren't sure what to with, and cut them up into small dice, add a dash of lemon juice and seasoning and some chilli sauce if you aren't using fresh chilli. Cucumber, onion, tomato, fresh chilli, a few fresh herbs if you have them (corriander works very well), red and green peppers - whatever you have to hand! Use as a dip, or in another recipe. A hummus style dip can be easily made by blitzing together any cooked pulses you have left over in the fridge, don't let them go slimy so they have to be thrown away, blitz them in the food processor with a little garlic and lemon juice add salt and pepper to taste. Lovely with toasted pitta or tortilla chips.