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Three Kitchen Switches You Can Make to Help Reduce Food Waste

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‘There are a few key actions we can take to help reduce waste,’ says Nicola Lando, founder of Sous Chef, a website specialising in hard-to-find ingredients and cooking equipment, and finalist in the 2021 NatWest everywoman Awards.

Given that reducing food waste cuts our carbon emissions and, according to environmental campaign group Love Food Hate Waste, could save the average family £720 per year, we can all benefit from Lando’s tips.

‘Firstly, think about whether the cookware and homeware you’re buying will last,’ Nicola advises.

‘A good cast-iron pan will last for decades if you really look after it.

‘Secondly, stock up on the longer life store cupboard staples – a great vinegar, good seasonings, and chilli oils that keep well in the fridge.

‘I know I’ve got the essential flavours already on my shelves and so don’t need to fill a shopping trolley with ready-made meals or prepared food.’

With this in mind, here are some easy swaps for your kitchen.

Rubies In The Rubble

Good for staples

Rubies In The Rubble creates delicious condiments from fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste.

Its award-winning range includes store cupboard essentials such as ketchups, plant-based mayonnaises, chutneys and relishes.

From £2.99.


Good for gifting (Picture: Kris Humphries)

Sustainable spirits brand Discarded takes its name from its primary ingredients, all of which are discarded.

Think rum made with banana peels, vodka with grape skins from the wine industry and vermouth with husks from coffee cherries.

From £18, available from Waitrose, Amazon and Clink.

Lidl Too Good To Waste boxes

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Every day, specialist staff select produce that is slightly damaged, discoloured or deteriorated but still good enough to eat from Lidl’s shelves for inclusion in its
Too Good To Waste boxes.

Each contains around 5kg of fruit and vegetables for £1.50. Available until midday in Lidl stores.

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