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    What can I do with....? The food waste reduction thread.

    Thanks to John Oliver I'm now a bit paranoid about food waste. I've noticed JP and I waste a lot more than I imagined we did. It's often that I simply can't think of anything to do with the food item, especially if the recipe I'd bought it for is time consuming and I'm working back-to-back shifts.

    Tonight I rescued a few remnants of peppers and mushrooms that weren't fit for salads, and made a nice quorn chili for me, and a prawn pasta bake for JP. I had to throw out some mixed salad leaves and a quarter bag of spinach that hadn't just gone rotten, it was turning to liquid (it was too late even to give to my mum's guinea pigs).

    So that no more salad need die unnecessarily, I thought I'd start a thread where we can post what we have lying in the salad crisper, or in the back of our cupboards, that needs to be used up. So our more kitchen-savvy members might come up with ideas.

    So my food items this time are;

    Half a good sized beetroot (still in very good shape). I usually roast it, but I don't like all my other veg turning red, so I don't use much, meaning it often ends up in the bin.

    Cos lettuce, starting to brown in places so probably too bitter for salad, but maybe there's something I can do?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: What can I do with....? The food waste reduction thread.

    Slice and boil the beet root, then you can freeze it, or put it in a jar with vinegar and eat it later, or put it on a sammi, or cut it up and put it in salad.

    P.S. Save the beet boil water. When it cools, drink it - it's full of vitamins, and it will make you poop red the next day. A great party trick.

    If you cut out the big central vein in the lettuce (romaine, to us in the US), the rest won't be bitter.
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    YOU NEED WORMS!!
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    Re: What can I do with....? The food waste reduction thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    YOU NEED WORMS!!
    One can only hope that you are referring to earth worms, not intestinal parasites...

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    Re: What can I do with....? The food waste reduction thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    Slice and boil the beet root, then you can freeze it, or put it in a jar with vinegar and eat it later, or put it on a sammi, or cut it up and put it in salad.

    P.S. Save the beet boil water. When it cools, drink it - it's full of vitamins, and it will make you poop red the next day. A great party trick.

    If you cut out the big central vein in the lettuce (romaine, to us in the US), the rest won't be bitter.
    Wow.. that's a really good tip about the beetroot water! I actually do something similar with rice water; I don't over rinse my rice, because apparently the stuff you wash off is actually full of vitamins, but the water I do rinse with, I keep to one side and wash my face with it. I'm a ginger so look better with pale skin, and they use rice water as a natural skin-whitener in East Asia.

    I'll get that beetroot boiled up at once!

    Also, great tip about the lettuce too. I assume that works for any lettuce, right? And finally I understand why I can rarely find romaine lettuce when a recipe calls for it!

    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    YOU NEED WORMS!!
    I don't have much of a garden (just a few plants in pots), so composting was never much of an option for me. I never thought to just keep worms for the sake of it though. I even had a worm farm as a kid, so this could be a fun project. It might make up for my disappointment at not being able to find stick insects (I had them as a kid, so I know they're easy to breed, and yet can't find anyone who has them and could spare a few little eggs for me ).

    Thanks for the awesome tips. Ill be sure to return next time something is on it's last legs!
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    Re: What can I do with....? The food waste reduction thread.

    I'm going to offer up a few limes to this list of food needing a purpose.

    This is actually an awesome idea for a thread. My live-in is freakishly wasteful (I think she buys things just for the sake of having them clutter up the house). Anyway, she buys food, uses about 1/10th of it and waits for the rest of it to rot into oblivion and thus require a fridge decontamination before she mentions that she has food in the fridge we can eat ourselves. And generally these things rarely constitute a dish in themselves with any of the recipes I've ever come across or used.

    So yes, limes. About 3 of them.
    Also, this thing I can only assume is a turnip?

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    Re: What can I do with....? The food waste reduction thread.

    Limes: squeeze out the juice, put it in a ziplock bag, and freeze it.

    Turnip: boil, chop, and freeze. Defrost when you have other stuff together to make soup or stew. Or hollow it out and make a jack-o-lantern.
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    Re: What can I do with....? The food waste reduction thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ljubezen View Post

    So yes, limes. About 3 of them.
    Also, this thing I can only assume is a turnip?

    I cut up limes and freeze the wedges, then add them to ice water. Or to iced mint or green tea...or iced mint and green tea. Or beer.

    As for turnips....I don't do those.



    Also--I freeze spinach, kale, parsley, etc that is about to go bad (assuming I've not eaten it all up) and use it in smoothies (parley makes an awesome green smoothie), mashed potatoes (colcannon), or rice.
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    Re: What can I do with....? The food waste reduction thread.

    Hmm thanks! ^^

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    Re: What can I do with....? The food waste reduction thread.

    Rinse & dry a whole lemon. Wrap in plastic wrap, then foil. Freeze. With a small cheese grater, grate some onto whatever you want it for, while still frozen, then put it back in the freezer, and you can do this repeatedly through the whole lemon, peel/fruit/seeds/it's all good. I'm single and this is perfect for me for when I cook a piece of fish, etc. I've been on the same lemon for a couple of months now.

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