Lets face it, wasting food is something we've all been guilty of whether it's a couple of forgotten pieces of pizza in the fridge, a lost cucumber of those carrot tops which always seem to escape the pesto blender.
Here are some ideas, tips and tricks for making the most of leftovers and doing our bit to reduce food waste. Lettuce do this !
Top pic credit: lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au
1. Make a broth
Is there anything a good bowl of soup can’t cure? Start off your own homemade soup with a broth made from food scaps. Ingredients like onion and garlic skins, tops of celery, carrot peels, and corn cobs are great additions into a hearty vegetable broth. Simply collect the scraps, store them in a freezer-safe container, and keep collecting until you have enough. Once ready simply bring the leftovers to the boil and then leave to cool. Strain and transfer the liquid to a suitable container or pot if ready to use.
2. Make a bug repellant
Did you know many bugs like ants, moths, wasps and more can be deterred by cucumber? Simply keep you leftover cucumber cuttings and peels then place in a small bowl in areas frequented by the above. Best only leave out for a day or so depending on where you are located, climate, etc
Note hot weather will fast track the deterioration of these much loved leftovers.