One of the biggest waste in kitchens are vegetables because we all seem to buy to much and can not eat it all before they go limp and soggy in our fridges. I dont know if part of this problem is due to the fact most of us shop in supermarkets where we have to buy nearly all our veg pre packet and the packets contain too many carrots or potatoes we actually need for a week’s meals and we don’t shop as much in our local fruit and vegetable shops having the choice to buy a single carrot if we wish. What ever the reason there are too many vegetables ending up in the bin or the compost. There is a way we can change this trend just by spending a little time in the kitchen each week or even once a month depending on how many vegetables you buy.
The simple answer to saving money and waste is freezing your vegetables, ending all limp soggy carrots from ever being found in your fridge again. Not only does freezing your vegetables keep them fresh but they will keep for up to 3 months in your freezer too.
- Fill your saucepan with water and boil, then fill a large bowl with freezing cold water. (I add ice cubes to mine to make sure the cold water is freezing.)
- Wash, peel and chop your vegetables the way you would normally chop your vegetables.
- Place a large handful of vegetables into the boiling water and count to 30, then remove your vegetables from the boiling water using a slotted spoon and place into your bowl of freezing water.
- Repeat this process until all your vegetables have been introduced to hot water then cold (Also known as blanching)
- Drain your cold vegetables and transfer to either a freezer bag or a air tight container. (I use zip bags as I don’t have a very big freezer)
Then when you need some carrots for a meal just go to freezer and take out the amount you need. Not only does this method save you money or waste but it also saves you chopping time when it comes to cooking up those delicious meals for your family.
Here I have blanched carrots, swede, parsnip, onions and broccoli
What tips do you use to cut down on your vegetable waste?