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Thursday, 1 July 2021

Join the Northern Beaches’ battle against waste

Did you know that more than a third of what we throw in our garbage bins in NSW is food waste? That means that households throw away around $3,800 a year*.

Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom! As part of our Northern Beaches’ battle against waste, we’re sharing some creative ideas to help you start loving your food scraps and leftovers, saving unnecessary waste.

  1. Get the whole family involved and become pizza chefs by using the end slices of bread as mini pizza bases.
  2. Have you gone bananas and bought too many of this delicious fruit? Freeze them whole and use later in muffins or banana bread.
  3. Soups are the perfect way to use leftover veggies adding lots of flavour. You can even use a leftover lettuce to make a delicious soup! Sounds bizarre but it’s truly yum. Just add chopped lettuce and leek (or other leftover veggies) to vegetable stock. Simmer for 15 minutes then process until smooth. Add cream at the end for some extra flavour.
  4. Make nutritious bone broth from your left over Sunday roast! Bone broth is filled with anti-inflammatory nutrients. Throw your chicken carcass with leftover meat and any veggies like carrots, celery and onion, a few bay leafs and peppercorns into a slow cooker, cover with water by 2 cm, cook on low.
  5. If your blueberries are starting to go soft, save them by freezing them in an airtight container in a single layer. Use them later in cakes, cereal, muffins, smoothies and pancakes.
  6. If you’ve stocked up on too many avocados and they’re starting to go soft- remove the brown bits and make guacamole or be extra daring and try an avocado aioli.
  7. If you have ripened fruit and wilted veg, start making smoothies! A great ratio for a green smoothie is 60% fruits to 40% greens plus a liquid base eg. 3 cups of banana, 2 cups of spinach and 2 cups of coconut water. This will give you a good balance.

If you still have leftovers that are no longer edible, throw them in your compost. Chickens also make great composters (and feathered friends) for the whole family.

For more tips on reducing waste, check out our series of webinars.

*https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au/about-food-waste

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