Tesco recently asked me to take part in their #reducefoodwaste online Orchard campaign which involved some free chicken breasts and would have involved some perfectly imperfect apples or pears,however, no locations near me sell them!
Did you know the average UK family wastes over £60 of food per month, that’s over £700 a year!
Chicken is an absolute staple in my cooking and if it’s a whole bird. I always try and get the best from it, roasting bones for stock, and managing to stretch around three meals out of it.
Tesco want to put an end to good food going to waste in their stores by 2017. They have launched their Community Food Connection Programme which donates surplus food to charity.
Eat fresh, keep fresh chicken is as the name suggests that’s easy to store and keeps fresh.
Perfectly imperfect fruit and vegetables, is a range of wonky fruit and vegetables, same great taste and they look a bit funny whilst reducing waste and enabling farmers to get a fair price! It also follows the seasons!
Personally, lowering our food waste has become a prioirity, especially in times of austerity measures.
Before I show you what I did with the chicken breasts, here are my top ten tips on Lowering your food waste and using up that food in the bottom of the freezer…
Discovering Sooz’s top food waste reducing tips!
1. Buy what you will eat- have a meal in mind, plan 7 meals.
2. Stalks, bones, veggie trimmings are great for a stock base
3. Stale bread? Toast lightly, wizz up and freeze- homemade breadcrumbs
4.Cook from scratch
5.Freeze in handy portions- I bag in individual portions, so if only I’m eating, I can take out just enough
6.I hate measuring, hate, hate, hate it, but usually a handful of most foods is enough per portion.
7. Shit corner- yellow sticker haven… Always have a look, usually late afternoon- evening are the best times, you can grab a bargain, either eat fresh or freeze
8. Frozen veggies: 90% of my veggies are frozen, it saves them going all yucky in the fridge if I don’t fancy them!
9. Use your freezer… I freeze nearly everything.. cooked meats, par-boiled spuds, meat, veggies, meals!
10. Write down an approximate cost of what you’re throwing out… It helps to see it in black and white!
So, back to the chicken! Everyone loves chicken soup when they’re poorly, or a chicken tikka at the end of a night out, it’s important to prepare and cook chicken properly to avoid any nasty food poisoning experiences.
My Uses for chicken recently have been:
Chicken with chorizo in a paprika and tomato sauce.
Creamy chicken pasta with mushrooms and garlic bread
Sweet and sour stir fry
Paella with prawns, mussels and chorizo
Roasted with veggies
How do you reduce your food waste?
Love Sooz x
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