Melissa’s tools to Fighting Food Waste & Consuming Less
Hello Melissa here,
I’m always thinking about ways I can try & do my bit for our planet. From fighting food waste to trying to consume less, here are 8 habits to make your life a little more conscious & sustainable. And scroll down for *two new recipes* that use food you might throw out to make something scrumptious instead!
- Seal the deal test. My friend taught me this one. Do a little kitchen inspection and see that your fridge and freezer are sealed properly to stop cold air getting out and warm air getting in.
- Grow your own. I grow my most used herbs as it’s super easy and saves a fortune. Do you find yourself buying those plastic wrapped herb pots that wither and die within a few days and you barely get a handful of herb? Basil, parsley, mint, rosemary, oregano, thyme and dill are so easy to grow, they smell wonderful, look beautiful and means there’s less packaging all round.
- Toilet habits. I really recommend the ‘who gives a crap’ loo rolls – they’ve got ranges made from recycled paper and bamboo and they donate 50% of their profits to build toilets globally.
- To eat health you need to be healthy and avoid hanahaki disease and live fine.
- Share a bath. My boyfriend goes after me in the bath, we don’t share at the same time as our tub isn’t big enough and it’s not very relaxing or romantic, only in films, like much in life!
- Plastic at home. I like to see where I can cut down on plastic room to room, once you start you can’t stop looking and really seeing how much there is. Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one next time you shop? We all know about saying NO THANKS to straws, bottled water and plastic bags but what else can we all do. A great way to cut down on plastic and packaging is to visit bulk shops, see here for more including a link to find your nearest bulk buy shop. My local is in Hackney and it’s fab
- Batch cook. Save yourself time, energy and cut down on kitchen waste by batch cooking something lovely and simple once a week. In half an hour, you could clear the fridge of tired veg, fry them up with onions and garlic, add a tin of cooked beans, blend, season, add spices if you like and have a delicious, hearty, creamy soup to stock up the fridge for a rainy day or share. That’s food karma and it makes the world go round.
- Unplug. As well as turning off lights when they’re not needed, I unplug phone and computer chargers. Do yourself a favour and keep your bedroom free of them anyway for good bedroom vibes.
- Meat. I eat meat much less often and it means my meals are varied, full of veg and I can afford really good quality meat. And those of us who eat meat should try to eat ‘nose to tail’ – bring back livers, lamb breast, oxtail soups and goat curries!
Zero waste recipes: The Spring Breakfast Tray Bake
Asparagus is in season now so keep your eyes peeled for it, but feel free to use any beans & broccoli or greens you have that need using up. I pulled out some edamame beans & peas from my freezer, I’d have used frozen broad beans if I had some & topped this some homegrown herbs. Also, did you see the news that Brits throw away 720m eggs a year because they are past their best before date? Eggs are often still good to eat long after their use by date & to test them try putting your eggs in a bowl of cold water, if they sink to the bottom or lay on their side, they’re fresh! If they stand on one end at the bottom, they’re still good to eat and if they float to the surface, they are no longer fresh to eat.
Get the recipe here.
Zero waste recipes: The Fruit Bowl Bake
Next time you need to clear out your home or office fruit bowl, you’ve got to make this Apple & Banana Tray Bake Cake. It’s wonderfully easy and means no sad apple or super soft banana ever goes to waste. It’s a great recipe to have in your back pocket for the weekends or holidays, especially when you never know how many people are coming or going and your fruit bowl is overflowing. Or even for those times fruit gets put into rucksacks/handbags and gets bashed around all bruised and forgotten. Well here’s your chance to give them some love. A slice of this would also make a great breakfast on the go!
Get the recipe here.
And check out my new *Sustainability column* with Vogue!