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    Bex Shannon
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    We’re talking lots about sustainability this week on Khoollect. Would love to hear your tips for minimising food waste at home. You can find ours below:

    Reducing food waste in five easy steps

    If you’ve got more great tips to add – let us know!

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    Murissa Shalapata
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    I am currently composting in my townhouse. I have a small compost bin where I put food scraps. At the end of the week or week and a half I’ll empty it into my compost bin which is held in my garage. Each week I aerate it by tipping it upside down and giving it a good shake.

    I mix my food scraps with brown material like paper and cardboard so that the compost doesn’t get too wet. If it does then I find it becomes a heaven for fruit flies and flies in which case I add more brown material.

    To speed up the process you can buy compost starter or you can even buy worm casings that will churn through your natural food waste faster. I use the compost for my patio plants. This year I am growing blueberries in a tall planter as well as all my herbs, 3 types of lavender to keep the mosquitos and beetles out of my house, and drought resistant succulents for when the summers turn very hot.

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    Bex Shannon
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    Thanks so much Murissa, this is a really great rundown on how to compost at home. I live in a rural area, so am lucky I can throw my compost in a big outdoor bin and put it on the garden when it’s mulched down!

    Also, love the idea of lavender keeping mosquitos at bay! Where do you live?

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    Sonya Gellert
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    Excellent tips. How do you like to use your blueberries up, Murissa? You might have to give this recipe a go.

    I loved interviewing Jenny Costa from Rubies in the Rubble recently, who puts would-be-wasted fruit and veg to good use in her chutneys and jams.

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    Murissa Shalapata
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    I live in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Plenty of mosquitos in the spring and early summer!

    #9727
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    Murissa Shalapata
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    Sonya that recipe looks delicious! Will have to give it a go. I’ve got a unique blueberry plant this year with white berries. Fingers cross they taste good!

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    Bex Shannon
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    Hi Murissa – those white blueberries sound amazing. Have you tried them before? If so, do they taste different to normal blueberries (the blue ones ha!)

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    Angela Field
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    Food waste is a big issue for me, we buy a lot of fresh produce and there’s nothing more depressing than finding a carrot that’s gone black at the bottom of the box in the fridge, or a loaf of bread that you didn’t eat quickly enough.

    For me, the freezer is definitely a friend. I freeze leftover egg whites in freezer bags, writing the date and number of egg whites included (general rule of thumb an egg white ways 30-35g when using in a recipe). These are great for madeleines and financiers, while macarons work so much better with aged egg whites.

    If I have milk that is close to the date, I freeze it then thaw as and when for use in gratins and baking. Bananas that are going brown get peeled and sliced and popped in a bag and frozen for smoothies or banana bread. I also freeze bread and use it for breadcrumbs, it seems to blend up a lot easier from frozen, giving a smaller crumb.

    Portion size is really important, as mentioned in the article, I either cook just what we need, or I intentionally increase the recipe, so I have a whole batch for the freezer. Leftovers also form part of our packed lunches the next day.

    We used to have pretty much zero food waste, as I had a compost bin and a house rabbit! Now the dog does eat the ends of the carrots and cucumber, but he’s not as keen on the cauliflower leaves!

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    Hannah Adams
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    Hi Angela, thanks for sharing your ways of reducing waste. These are great tips! I think I need to get myself a house rabbit 🙂 Not sure if Whiskey my hamster would get very far.

    Please do share any photos of your delicious banana bread! What other dishes do you like to cook?
    Thanks, Hannah

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    Sarah
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    For me, the freezer is definitely a friend. I freeze leftover egg whites in freezer bags, writing the date and number of egg whites included (general rule of thumb an egg white ways 30-35g when using in a recipe). These are great for madeleines and financiers, while macarons work so much better with aged egg whites.

    I’d second this.

    I freeze whatever I can. Even when I’m not sure if something can be frozen, I give it a go and see if it works! The biggest thing for me was discovering you can freeze cheese. So often I would get a block of parmesan for a risotto, then fail to use the rest. It freezes well and you can grate it from frozen (you have to leave it out for a short while if you want shavings). Cheddar and goat’s cheese also seems to work. And, because there’s only two of us, if I bake a large cake or 12 of something, I try to freeze some of that too, as it’s nice to have a selection of homemade things to hand.

    I also do a strict weekly shopping list, so we don’t accidentally buy more than we need. We used to waste a lot more when we didn’t plan ahead.

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    Hannah Adams
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    Hi Sarah. Great tips, thank you for sharing! I didn’t realise you could freeze cheese. I do love learning new things!

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