Reducing food waste is not only good for the environment, but can save you time and money! Watch or read as Copeman Healthcare Registered Dietitian Leigh Renwick shares eight creative tips to reduce food waste.
1. Display your greens
Keeping green vegetables such as chard, kale, or collard greens in water can prolong freshness, ensuring your greens don’t wilt or get lost in your fridge. By using this method, your greens will last up to 5 days outside of the refrigerator. Start by trimming the stems of your greens and then place them in a glass of water. Bonus: you now have an edible and beautiful bouquet of greens to display around your home!
2. Regrow your veggies
Did you know that you can regrow your veggies? Regrowing your veggies saves a trip to the grocery store, and leaves you with fresh, home grown produce. Start by cutting the root off your vegetables, then place the root in a small glass of water. After about a week, you will see new growth! Experiment with leeks, green onions, fennel, celery, lettuce, and more.
3. Save your coffee
A great way to use up that cold coffee is to freeze it. Start by pouring room temperature coffee into an ice cube tray and placing it in the freezer. When you’re ready for your afternoon iced coffee, take your coffee ice cubes, and add more coffee or milk! Frozen coffee cubes also serve as great additions to a smoothie with banana and cocoa powder.
4. Freeze your herbs
Freezing herbs is a great way to keep your herbs fresh and flavourful, it also ensures they don’t wilt in the fridge. Frozen herbs can easily be added to any recipe! Start by chopping up your herbs and then place them into an ice cube tray. Once your herbs are packed into the ice cube tray, pour olive oil over the herbs and freeze.
5. Pickle your veggies
Pickling veggies is a traditional way to preserve them, and pickled vegetables serve as a great accent to any dish. Start by chopping vegetables such as cucumber or cabbage into your desired size, place them in a strainer and pour boiling water over the top of them. Next, add your veggies to a jar and cover with leftover pickle juice or a combination of vinegar and spices. Cover your jar, shake it up, and let it sit for about a week!
6. Freeze your ginger
Ginger is a spicy and tasty anti-inflammatory root. By freezing it, you have quick access to ginger at any time. Start by peeling your ginger with the back of a spoon, then grate it. Place your ginger in an ice cube tray, and remember to save the “woody” core of the ginger as well – it can still be used for cooking. Freeze and enjoy at your leisure!
7. Dry your herbs
While freezing, pickling, and re-growing are great ways to preserve food, so is preserving by drying. Begin by removing the leaves from the woody stem with herbs such as rosemary. Place your herbs on a plate and cover them with a towel. Then microwave them in 40 second intervals until they are dry. Place dried herbs in an old spice jar!
8. Perk up your greens
Using lettuce, kale, or chard, place wilted greens into an ice bath. Then wait 5 minutes and you’ll find your greens are crisp and crunchy!
Reducing food waste is fun, easy, and satisfying! Using techniques such as freezing, pickling, drying, and re-growing, you’ll find yourself saving both time and money. If you have additional questions about preserving food or are looking for more nutrition tips, book an appointment with Copeman Healthcare’s Registered Dietitians today.