08 Dec Festive Season lifehacks for your Kitchen
The end of the year is often spent enjoying quality time together with our friends and family. Such occasions typically involve a special meal and a glass or two of our favourite drink. We have put together some awesome lifehacks for your kitchen that make preparing, storing and disposing waste easier and avoid food waste, as well as stinky bins and wasting money.
Plan your meals over holidays
The best way to avoid food and money waste is to make sure you only purchase, cook and consume the food you can actually eat. A good planning is the base for that. Plan what you want to prepare and eat over the holiday thoroughly, write an exact shopping list and stick to it. Also, don´t go shopping with an empty stomach. That will ensure no food is thrown away afterwards.
Another way to avoid food getting bad is to know how to properly store them. Not everything belongs in the fridge. Bread can go into a paper bag or a cotton bread bag. Vegetables like onions, potatoes and carrots are doing well in a cool, dark place like a basement and fruits like banana would get brown spots in the fridge. Apples speed up the process of other fruits getting ripe and should be stored separately.
Perishable food, like dairies, need to be cooled though. There is not the same temperature everywhere in the fridge. Put your marmalades, sauces, eggs and butter into the door. Greens like broccoli, spring onions or asparagus go into the vegetable drawer on the bottom of your fridge. Wrap them in a wet cloth or a put them in a wet cotton bag to keep them fresh and extend their lives. Meat and fish go into the middle and dairies into the top, where the coolest temperatures are.
What to do with leftovers
If you have some cut vegetables or fruits or even cheese left over cover them with a wax wrap to keep them fresh. Leftovers of home-cooked meals as well as herbs, loose tea leaves, tortillas, doughnuts, muffins…can be stored and kept fresh on the silicone bags from stasher that are an amazing alternative for plastic zipper bags and Tupperware.
If your produce is getting overripe or the leafy greens are being withered, put them in a mixer and make a delicious, healthy and immune boosting smoothie.
Keep veggie scraps or bones in the freezer and make a broth. Revive stale bread in the oven in a stasher bag or freeze leftover nut milk, yoghurt, smoothies, or herbs in olive oil in ice cube trays, and then store them in your Stasher for easy add-ins while cooking or blending.
Be creative with your food. It is a lot of fun, too!
Save some time beforehand
Prepare wisely to avoid work during the holidays by portioning out “smoothie packs” for the freezer— add all the fruits/veggies and then dump into the blender with some liquid and blend! You can also portion out batch meals in the freezer, like chilli or soup. Store your full stashers horizontally to save space. Pro tip: Write the date on the bag with a ball-point pen or dry erase marker– it wipes off with a damp cloth!
Cook like a chef
You can use your Stasher bags to marinate your juicy cut of meat or fish for the Christmas days, mash and stash a zesty guacamole or make your own ice cream. Steam and smush nutritious produce for healthy homemade baby food, steam your vegetables in the microwave or boiling water, make the perfect steak with the sous vide cooking method or quick-pickle some veggies or make homemade sauerkraut – all possible with these all-in-one silicone bags.
You could also surprise your loved ones with popcorn made in your stasher in the microwave or a home-made chocolate bark (Melt some chocolate in your stasher in the microwave, then add nuts, seeds, adaptogens, berries, and then freeze flat).
Giving nutrients back
When you are throwing away your food scraps just as all of your other garbage it will go straight to a landfill. That means that the nutrients of this food will be unavailable in future for both, humans and nature. A way to give the nutrients back to nature so that new food can grow, is composting food scraps. A very convenient system for small to big homes is the bokashi system. You can basically pop in anything, even meat leftovers and dairies, put some bokashi bran on top of it and let the microbes do their thing. After filling up the 25 L bokashi bin it is ready to go to a compost heap or in a worm farm. Another advantage of this system is that it avoids stinky bins. Yay!
Have a lovely festive season and treat yourself, your friends and family with your magic in the kitchen!