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I am really keen to reduce the amount of food waste I create. What are the best ways to reuse or repurpose leftover food?
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Rather than throw food away , there are a number of alternatives which can be used to reduce waste:

Transform leftovers to make other meals – some great ideas can be found at https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/leftovers. It seems obvious but freezing anything you’re not going to use as soon as possible will prevent it from spoiling.

Donate it – if you aren’t planning on using it, take it to a food bank where you can guarantee it will be used. Failing this, see if any of your neighbours will have any use for it.

Put it online – Olio is an app which can be used to rehouse unwanted food items (and other goods). Simply add a listing for the item and wait for someone to message you to organise pick-up.

Look at https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/ for more information and also https://onesharedearth.com/483/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-food-to-reduce-waste for tips on how to reduce waste.

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Ideas for leftover meals and ingredients:

  • Leftover meals (like boiled eggs, cooked grains) can be the starting point for sandwich, soup, stew, pasta, frittata, salad, wrap, stir fry or curry.
  • Rice can be mixed with other ingredients to make a fried rice meal.
  • Yogurt can be mixed with vegetables, cereal or made into a salad dressing.
  • Cream can be used in salads, desserts, pasta or mashed potatoes.
  • Brine or pickle juice can be made into a dressing or marinade.
  • Dough can be made into crackers or breadsticks.
  • Flour can be used for thickening soups.
  • Grounded nuts can be added to curries or baked goods.
  • Chillies, garlic, herbs, spices, lemon peels can be made into infused oil.
  • Coconut milk can be used in curries, soups, baked goods or mixed with sugar to make icing.
  • Tahini can be made into dressings, dips or in baking.
  • Ingredients stuck on the inside of a jar can be mixed with a liquid to make into something new. Condiments (like mustard, ketchup, hot sauce, miso, curry paste) can be made into a dressing, dip, glaze or marinade by adding olive oil & vinegar. Marmalade or syrup can be mixed with alcohol (or other liquids) into a cocktail or mocktail.

Many of the above ideas have been taken from the resources below which can gives more details on these methods:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/25-ways-use-christmas-leftovers

https://www.thekitchn.com/the-kitchns-ultimate-guide-for-using-up-every-type-of-food-82260

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