Six life hacks to help you on your zero waste journey

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Life can be hectic and sometimes forming new habits can be tough! The thing is, when it comes to food waste, little changes can make a big difference! That’s why we’ve pulled together six simple hacks, that can help fight waste and will leave you winning at life. 

  1. Use your lid! 

Start saving long before you even plate up! When boiling water, if you pop a lid on your pan you can cook more efficiently, keeping the water hot without having to turn up the heat. This can save about 3% in energy costs, per pan!

  1. Create your own kitchen cleaner

It’s really easy to make an all-natural zero waste cleaning spray with leftover citrus peel. For a kitchen that sparkles simply follow the below steps:

  • Fill a large glass jar with any leftover citrus peel (lemon, lime and orange or a mix of all three will work well).
  • Top the jar with white vinegar. 
  • Leave it to do it’s thing for about 6 weeks. 
  • Discard the peels and add the solution to a spray bottle.
  • Dilute with water and voila, Mrs Hinch eat your heart out! 
  1. Shop smart

Most of us carry around a mini computer in our pocket at all times and there’s a reason they’re called ‘smart’ phones! Use your phone for smarter shopping - make a list of things you need to buy (as and when you notice you run out) and snap pictures of your fridge and cupboards to save you spending on things you don’t need. 

  1. Refresh your bread

There’s nothing more delicious than fresh bread and nothing more disappointing than discovering it’s gone stale! But we’ve got a top tip - dampen your leftover loaf with water, pop into a hot oven for a couple of minutes and breathe new life into old bread. 

  1. Turn baking fails into snacking success

Cookies can be tricky to get right, often ending up "less than perfect". But if that happens to you, don’t despair, turn a cookie catastrophe into a food waste fighting triumph and rustle up some crispy cookie bark! Here’s how: 

  • Depending on how well done your cookies are, you may want to dry them out in the oven on a low heat for a short time. You want the cookie mixture to have a good crunch!
  • Once you’re satisfied with the snap, break them into pieces and lay them all out flat on a baking tray.
  • Melt some chocolate (whatever type you like) and pour it over the cookie segments. 
  • Sprinkle on some flaky sea salt while the chocolate is still liquid and leave to set in the fridge. 
  • Once set, break into shards and enjoy smugly with a nice cup of tea!
  1. Green thinking!

If you’ve found yourself with a surplus of spinach, kale by the bucketload or insane amounts of green beans then don’t worry about waste - use your freezer! These green veggies are great for us and can live quite happily in the freezer so long as they are preserved properly. The best way to do it is by blanching - where you scald the veg in boiling water for a couple of minutes before plunging it into iced water. This halts the cooking process and once your greens are dry you can freeze them in individual portions