Look who we found wandering around HQ this morning!
Back on TV screens this week, Hugh's War on Waste. Hugh shared with us his top tips for cutting down on food waste.
1. A lot of the fresh produce that comes in plastic bags at the supermarket – particularly salad, herbs, carrots and parsnips – is best kept in the packaging until you want to use it. It’s normally designed to keep things fresh for as long as possible.
2. Mushrooms will sweat and rot if left in plastic so transfer them to a paper or cloth bag before refrigerating.
3. Potatoes should not be kept in plastic either. Store spuds in paper, cloth or netting, in a dark, cool place but not the fridge.
4. If you’ve used half a bunch of herbs, trim the stems of the rest (as you would with a bunch of flowers), put in a jug of water and store in a cool place or the fridge.
5. If your lettuce is a bit limp (or your spinach, rocket or watercress, for that matter) dunk it in a bowl of iced water for a few minutes and it will be magically revived.
6. Don’t bin the skins: potato, beetroot, parsnips and carrot peelings can be turned into delicious vegetable crisps. Make sure they’re clean (it’s easiest to scrub the vegetables well before peeling!) then toss with olive or rapeseed oil, season and roast on a baking tray for about 12 minutes at 200C/gas 6.
7. You can preserve bananas at the point of perfect ripeness by keeping them in the fridge. The skins will blacken but the flesh will be fine. Alternatively, peel and roughly slice them before freezing: you can throw the frozen pieces straight into a smoothie, or blitz a couple of bananas-worth in a food processor to create a delicious, dairy-free ‘ice cream’.
8. Softening berries can be crushed – and sieved if they’re pippy – then combined with honey and yoghurt, poured into lolly moulds and frozen for a healthy treat.
9. If you find yourself with strawberries just past the point of freshness, turn them into a raw compote by slicing them, squeezing over some lemon juice and sprinkling on some sugar. Leave for half an hour or so and the strawberry juices will form a delicious light syrup on the fruit.
10. Freeze your hard cheese! In fact, freeze any dairy product that’s going out of date (except soft cheese). Butter, cream, milk and hard cheese can all be frozen then defrosted and used as normal when needed.
Tune in this Thursday at 9pm on BBC One to find out how Hugh has been getting on!