The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
I was interested this week to watch a new BBC program.
It’s called Hugh’s War on Waste.
(He’s a TV chef turned environmental awareness campaigner. )
It was an interesting show. He drew our attention to the way that supermarkets judge produce against ‘cosmetic standards’. This literally means that a parsnip which is slightly too short or too wide at the top in relation to the bottom or heaven forbid slightly less straight won’t be accepted.
This means that tonnes of perfectly edible, perfectly tasty food is thrown away by growers every week!
People are hungry, there’s food but it’s not attractive enough!
Have I been getting it wrong all this time. I was thinking that a key element of food enjoyment was the taste?
The show showed us vegetables that looked perfectly fine but yet weren’t good enough for our supermarket shelves! In giant heaps.
The show also did a good job for the home front. First pointing out that Use by dates are leading too many people to throw away perfectly good food at home.
Up to 40%of food goes in the bin every week. If there’s seven days in the week, that’s nearly three days worth!
The top tip was to think about the food we have in the fridge. Most vegetables can go in a soup if they are a little limp. He did four things.
Grated Soggy Tomato
Slice a tomato in half and the use a grater to pulp it for a sauce.
The Use by date Hummus went in the veggie soup. Apparently a first for him. But thinking about what’s in hummus it’s not a bad idea. Basically chick peas.
Any fruit that was slightly squished either went in the freezer or in a smoothie. It still tasted great.
Ideal for crispy croutons. Yum!
All of this made such good sense. We do use food and ignored the dates but it’s good to be reminded.
I’m looking forward to watching the next one. The focus is on clothes next time.
What waste could you do better at reducing?
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