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Save your bank balance and the planet with tips to help your meals go further


BINNING food is bad for the environment and your pocket.

Yet every year we chuck 4.5million tonnes, according to campaign group Love Food Hate Waste. As part of Food Waste Action Week, we are sharing a few tricks to help your meals go further . . . 

Cut waste and help yourself and the planet with tricks to help your meals go further

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Cut waste and help yourself and the planet with tricks to help your meals go furtherCredit: Getty Images – Getty

SKIN-NY CHIPS: When cooking potatoes or veg, use the peel to make tasty chips. Rinse and pat dry your peelings then pop into a roasting tray with a good drizzle of oil, salt and any spices you fancy.

Then simply roast them in the oven until brown and crispy. Another favourite trick is to put leftover salad into the blender with a few nuts and cheese for a decent pesto.

APP FAB: I am obsessed with apps Olio and Too Good To Go, which let you get nearly-out-of-date food at a bargain prices. You pay a small fee (around £3-4) and get a “magic bag” of whatever hasn’t sold in a particular venue that day.

Brands on the apps include Costa, Greggs and Caffe Nero. I spotted £6 pizzas from Papa John’s last week.

VEGGIE GOOD IDEA: Store any root vegetables in the dark to make them last longer. It stops items such as potatoes from sprouting, too.

When cooking potatoes or veg, use the peel to make tasty chips

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When cooking potatoes or veg, use the peel to make tasty chipsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

IT’S A DATE: Best-before dates let you know when food may go past its best but it’s the use-by date that you should go by. The basic lesson is: Don’t throw away perfectly good food.

It’s also worth checking out your local area to see if you have a Rogers Wholesale Foods store or similar. They sell food “gone past best” at bargain prices. For example, I’ve seen cereal in bulk packs of four for just £2.

FREEZE A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW: If you’ve got fresh food nearing its best-before date, freeze it (in a clever way) for a later date. For example, cheese can be grated and then frozen.

Meat can be frozen in portion sizes (for example, for two people, freeze two chicken breasts in cling film together). Herbs can be put into ice-cube trays with water — and the frozen cubes added to dinners later.

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MAKING simple everyday changes can add up to a BIG difference to the planet.

And we want you and your family to join The Sun’s Green Team – our eco revolution. 

It can feel overwhelming to know how to play a part in reducing greenhouse gasses, but we will be showing you the practical steps we can take to curb climate change – with the help of the global ‘Count Us In’ initiative.

And our easy measures will even help you SAVE money so your household budget goes further.

We’ll help you to reduce food waste, insulate your home, create tasty planet-friendly meals and take simple steps to trim your carbon footprint.

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Deal of day

The Kabuto’s Spicy Garlic Ramen meal kit, now on offer at Sainsbury’s

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The Kabuto’s Spicy Garlic Ramen meal kit, now on offer at Sainsbury’s

GET cooking with Kabuto’s Spicy Garlic Ramen meal kit, now on offer at Sainsbury’s for £2.50, normally £3.

SAVE: 50p

Cheap treat

Cadbury has launched its Darkmilk Smooth Dessert 4-pack and they are dreamy

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Cadbury has launched its Darkmilk Smooth Dessert 4-pack and they are dreamy

FOR smooth operators. Cadbury has launched its Darkmilk Smooth Dessert 4-pack and they are dreamy. £1 at Morrisons, RRP £2.50.

SAVE: £1.50

What’s new

I’VE been enjoying 22 Kids & Counting on Channel 5.

If you have a large family, I would recommend tuning in to it as there are some great cash-saving tips.

The show airs on Monday nights at 9pm.

Top swap

This light pink bar stool is so chic but will set you back £129

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This light pink bar stool is so chic but will set you back £129

THE light pink bar stool from cultfurniture.com, above, is so chic, but it’s £129. That’s why I much prefer the blush clam shell bar stool, below, from The Range for £59.99.

SAVE: £69.01

Why not get this one from The Range for just £59.99

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Why not get this one from The Range for just £59.99

Giselle’s little helper

LOOKING to learn a new skill?

Head to experiences.johnlewis.com, where you can register for a series of free virtual events.

I’m brushing up on my sewing machine skills with an hour’s lesson next Wednesday Other events include wreath making, wine tasting and baking.

Shop & save

The new Kellogg’s Baby Shark toffee-flavoured multigrain cereal is just £2 at Tesco

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The new Kellogg’s Baby Shark toffee-flavoured multigrain cereal is just £2 at Tesco

KEEP the kids munching at breakfast time with new Kellogg’s Baby Shark toffee-flavoured multigrain cereal. £2 at Tesco.

HOT RIGHT NOW

It’s World Book Day tomorrow and if you do need a last-minute costume, head to Lidl where they start at £8.99.

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