We're all looking for ways to get the most out of our shopping but it's hard to know the right way to plan meals or store food to make it last. That's why we've compiled a handy guide so you can swot up on freezing, storage tips and find inspiration from our clever recipes.
UTILISE YOUR FREEZER
Introducing your new best friend: the freezer. Not only does freezing food help reduce waste, but it can save time, effort, and money too. During this time, it’s important to understand which foods can and can’t be frozen, as well as learning some great tricks. Take a read of our freezing dos and don’ts here, and take note of our top 4 Handy Foods to Freeze below. Did you know you can freeze...
1. Leftover wine and herbs in oil in ice trays to throw into meals.
2. Ready chopped onions to avoid tears later.
3. Cracked eggs in ice trays to add to bakes and recipes.
4. Mashed up bananas for smoothies, banana bread, and to feed little ones in a pinch.
Batch-cooking might sound exhausting, but with a little prep and some clever meal-planning, you can eat well every night of the week without getting bored or wasting ingredients - and it helps make sure you use up what you buy too! The easiest recipes to batch-cook are one-pot wonders: like curries, pasta sauces, soups and casseroles. Our favourite vegan recipe to batch-cook is this Vegan Mac 'N' Cheese, while a good vegetarian option would be our Cous Cous, Roasted Peppers, and Kale Dish, and a standout meat recipe to cook in large quantities is our Beef Ragu with Butternut Squash and Pappardelle.
reduce FOOD WASTE and love leftovers
Cutting out food waste will help your shop last longer if you know what can be reused and how to do it. Get started with these three easy hacks using leftover root vegetable peelings:
1) Make a stock – you can freeze it too!
For more tips on how to reduce your food waste read our ultimate guide here.
And what about all of the leftovers you've already created? Why not make a curry using leftover meat (this one uses chicken) or a pasta tossed with last night's dinner? We love this Leftover Sausage Pasta and also this Ultimate Speedy Beef Ragu. And if Christmas taught us anything about cooking too much, it was how to reuse the delicious leftovers, which comes in very hand right now.
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