I'm looking forward to Hughs War on Waste programme this evening. Of course many of you already do your bit to reuse recycle and reduce waste, but I will put my hand up and say I could probably do more. I only recently learned from Jack Monroe that you could pickle left over bits of veg, just stick them in a jar in the fridge and they will last another month. I had never thought of that but will be trying it with any leftover veg I find at the back of the fridge. They usually get shoved into a soup or stew but this opens up a whole new world of flavour. Of course I will never manage to get my waste for a year to fit into a jar as the family in zero waste home have achieved but I try to do my bit. A lot of it is achieved with very little effort on my part, bottles, cans, milk cartons, newspaper and cardboard among other things are put in the recycling bags to be taken away for recycling by the council. Clothing either goes to the charity shop or is cut up for quilts or rag rugs. Uncooked kitchen scraps go in the compost bin, while leftover cooked food is made into another meal that is just as tasty. Yesterdays roast is todays curried bubble and squeak with home grown tomatoes.
While the blackberries picked from the hedgerow which would have gone to waste as nobody around here seems to bother to pick them anymore, were taken out of the freezer and made into a delicious blackberry and apple crumble for our dessert yesterday. Over ripe bananas were mashed up and mixed with oats, seeds, melted honey, coconut oil and peanut butter to make healthier flapjacks.
So what are your favourite ways to fight a war on waste?