Love Food, Loathe Waste: Our Pledge

We loathe waste. And we love cooking from scratch. This means that we will always have leftovers. To some, these equate to waste but we have signed a no waste of leftovers pledge.

1.  There’s no such thing as food waste or leftovers
2.  What doesn’t go into the food composter has another purpose
3.  Vegetables will never reach the stage where they’re inedible


#1.  There’s no such thing as food waste or leftovers

Like using the whole of an animal if you’re a meat eater, I believe in using the whole of a vegetable/herb. This doesn’t necessarily mean eating all of it, but using the ‘scraps’ for other things. In our household, there’s no such thing as waste.

I’ll give you some examples:

Herb Butter

  • Chop up/whizz your leftover herbs in a food processor.
  • Add a 250g block of butter and whizz again until the herbs are well-blended
  • Grab a piece of greaseproof paper or other environmentally-friendly parchments
  • Spoon the mixture onto the paper and roll with the palms of your hands until you have a long cigar-shape
  • Option 1: put in the freezer whole to be chopped at a later date
  • Option 2: Slice into discs to be frozen and chopped as and when required

Eggs

  • It’s unusual for us to have any short-dated eggs left as they’re so popular in our house. On the rare occurrences when we do, we freeze them. One egg white will roughly fill two cubes in an ice-cube tray. They can then be removed individually as and you need them.
  • Egg shells are kept and added to the soil in our garden and around plants to deter slugs/snails

#2.  What doesn’t go into the food composter has another purpose: no waste or leftovers

What goes into our food caddy: What could go into our food caddy (but doesn’t):
  • Meat Bones (after they’ve been used for stock)
  • Kitchen roll/tissues
  • Fruit & Vegetable peelings (until we buy our chickens – then they will be feasting on them!)
  • Fish Bones (after they’ve been stocked)
  • Plate scrapings

 

  • Meat and fish
  • Eggshells
  • Crackers/crisps/pretzels – we make breadcrumbs
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy
  • Bread, cakes, and pastries
  • Pasta and rice
  • Teabags & coffee grounds (they’re added to houseplant/garden soil)
  • Oil or liquid fats

Our local council provides food compost bins free of charge.

Small Kitchen Caddy (5l capacity)

This smaller bin is a really handy size for keeping in the kitchen. We line it with newspaper, which reduces the number of bags to dispose of. I used to buy compostable liners for both bins but we now get a roll of free bags from our local library. These bags are not cheap from the supermarket. I’ve seen them retailing at upwards of £4.00/$5.50 so his works out much cheaper.

Outdoor Food Waste Container (12l capacity)

Our previous bin was the casualty of an overenthusiastic rescue dog who broke the lid. This was an open invitation to the many urban foxes in our neighborhood. In fact, Bournemouth has the second largest population of displaced foxes outside of London.

The lovely bin men noticed that the handle of our larger bin was broken. A new one was waiting on the doorstep within a couple of days!

We line the outside food waste container with a compostable caddy liner and decant the kitchen caddy into this bin once it’s full. The outside bin is emptied by the council weekly.

#3.  Vegetables will never reach the stage where they’re inedible: no waste or leftovers

If we have any wilting vegetables or salad leaves, we revive them in cold water or add them to soups


#4.  Vacuum Sealer: no waste or leftovers

We’ve come to the party a bit later than seasoned food waste aficionados but the vacuum sealer is a revelation! I now fit twice as much into the freezer and I’m using way fewer freezer bags in the process. This has also got to be better for the environment, right?


We’ll be adding to our list of food waste or leftovers as we go along. Do you have a food waste pledge and what’s on your list? I’d love to hear from you!


The opinions and facts expressed in these posts are for information purposes only and not intended to either claim to be or to replace the advice of a veterinarian or other expert(s) in canine health and nutrition. These posts simply serve to help you to make an informed decision about what to feed your own dog(s) by recounting what our own dog has tried since May 2017, including raw, wet-cooked, cold-pressed and dry (kibble) food.

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