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Reduce Food Waste With 10 Easy Tips

tips to reduce food waste

tips to reduce food waste

For my final post for Zero Waste Week I thought I’d round-up all of my food waste tips and turn them into a guide on how to reduce food waste with ten easy tips:

One of my favourite ways to reduce food waste is to dry mushrooms in the oven.  It’s such a great way to preserve any mushrooms you haven’t managed to eat.  Drying mushrooms really intensifies their flavour, and dried mushrooms can be kept in a jar for 6 months or more.  They are so tasty when added to soups, stews, casseroles and chilis:

tips to reduce food waste

Roasting butternut squash seeds, or any other pumpkin/squash seeds, makes a tasty and healthy snack out of something you’d otherwise throw away:

how-to-roast-butternut-squash-seeds

Banana Oat Cookies are a great way to use up black bananas.  They just need three simple ingredients – bananas, oats and peanut butter – but they are so versatile and can be jazzed up with any ingredients you have to hand.  I used coconut and chocolate chips as an alternative.

banana oat cookies uk

Another great way to use up black bananas is with this healthy pancake recipe that I shared the other day.  It’s gluten free and sugar free, but lacks nothing in the taste department!

healthy banana pancakes

This vegan banana ice-cream recipe is yet another great way to use up black bananas.  Simply freeze your bananas when they start to go black in your fruit bowl, then blend them up to make ice-cream.  It couldn’t be easier or tastier!

vegan banana ice cream

This guide to freezing lemons is great for freezing all the parts of the lemon – from the zest to the juice.  You can even free slices for your drinks – I like mine in a gin and tonic, or straight from the freezer in my herbal tea.   I’ve had the cold this week so I’ve been placing the frozen lemon slices in my echinacea tea – it’s a tasty addition!  It also helps cool the tea down to a nice drinking temperature.

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Here’s a simple tip to make berries last longer in your fridge using one strange ingredient!

how to make berries last longer

I never rely on best before dates on eggs, instead I rely on this simple tip to test egg freshness.  All you need is a glass of water!

old egg

Similarly, here’s how to tell if milk is bad:

how to tell if milk is bad

Finally this guide is for anyone wondering what to do with leftover bread?

reduce food waste bread

I hope you enjoyed these 10 easy suggestions to reduce food waste!

What’s your favourite food waste tip?

 

All images my own apart from the milk (Flickr user macInate) and bread Flickr user Manic Street Preacher) images, licenced under Creative Commons 2.0.

Food & Drink, Food Waste Tips

Healthy Pancake Recipe: Banana and Blackberry Pancakes

healthy pancake recipe

healthy pancake recipe

Today, as part of Zero Waste Week, I’ve got a great healthy pancake recipe that as well as being so good for you, also takes care of any black bananas lingering in the fruit bowl!

Black bananas are the best bananas to use in this recipe as they are sweeter than just ripe bananas.  It’s a great recipe to have to hand for the next time there’s a solitary banana left in the fruit bowl that looks like it’s seen better days – just grab two eggs and get frying!

healthy banana pancakes

Oh, and you may be wondering what’s so healthy about this healthy pancake recipe?  Well, you actually use the banana in place of flour and milk!  Bananas are a bit magic.  As well as having the ability to take on the texture of ice-cream, they also have the ability to take on the texture of pancake batter.  It sounds crazy, but they really do have to be tasted to be believed!  Of course, the texture isn’t 100% pancake like, but it’s pretty darn close.  Think French Toast and you’re pretty much there, texture wise!

If you’re in any more doubt about the pancakes healthy properties, as they are made without flour they’re gluten free (which is linked to food intolerances), and are also sugar free.  The banana and egg pack the pancakes full of protein, and the coconut oil for frying is also amazingly healthy too!  Your body will positively sing for joy after eating these!  I told you it was a healthy pancake recipe, do you believe me now?!

ps: I used blackberries as they’re in season this month and taste amazing right now, but feel free to substitute with whatever soft fruit you have to hand.

Healthy Pancake Recipe with Banana and Blackberry

Healthy Pancake Recipe: Banana and Blackberry Pancakes

This healthy pancake recipe for banana and blackberry pancakes is gluten free and free from refined sugars. It's also a great way to use up black bananas!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 small pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 Blackened Banana
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup of Blackberries washed and cut in quarters
  • 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of Dessicated Coconut
  • 1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. With a fork mash up your banana until fairly smooth. You still want some lumps in it otherwise your pancake will be a little flat!
  2. In a separate bowl beat your eggs, then add to the mashed banana.
  3. Add the cinnamon, dessicated coconut and blackberries and mix well.
  4. Gently heat the coconut oil in your frying pan until hot and fry your pancakes*.
  5. Serve with maple syrup or honey.

An important word on frying these bad boys.  Because they don’t contain any flour they handle a bit differently to their floury counterparts.  You want to fry the pancakes very very  slowly on a very low heat.  Slow and steady definitely wins the race here.  Aim for around 4 minutes on the first side, but do check to ensure they’re not burning on the bottom. They do colour up darker than pancakes made with flour so don’t be alarmed if they quickly begin to look a little on the dark side!

Once the pancakes have started bubbling on the top a little you then want to get in with a spatula and flip them over.  If you’ve cooked them for long enough they will  flip over in one piece.  Promise!  You’ll want to cook them for around 3 more minutes before serving.  As they take a little longer to fry than normal pancakes I find it best to have multiple pancakes on the go – around three or four to a pan to reduce cooking time and save energy!

Enjoy this healthy pancake recipe!  Let me know how you get on making it!

ps: I’ve never made a pretty looking pancake in my life – it’s my achilles heel! ;)