Cook Clever Waste Less with Prue Leith and Dr Rupy Aujla

Cook Clever Waste Less

Cook Clever, Waste Less with Prue Leith and Dr Rupy Aujla

Cook Clever, Waste Less is a new four part series on Channel 4 hosted by Prue Leith and Dr Rupy Aujla. The show explores ways we can be smarter when it comes to food shopping and meal planning to help us cut waste and save money. 

Since joining forces with Prue Leith earlier this year on our collection of beeswax wraps, we’ve been on a shared mission to be smarter with our food and reduce our waste.  Known as the queen of leftovers, Prue’s recipes and series of Kitchen Hacks on Instagram highlight lots of the clever and creative ways we can cook better and store our food to save waste. 

To celebrate the launch of our beeswax wrap collection with Prue, she shared with us one of her current favourite meals to make at home. Her Savoury Bread and Butter pudding is made using stale bread, the perfect way to cut-down on waste and enjoy every last bit of your food.

The UK wastes 6.7 million tonnes of food every year (that’s £250-£400 per household!), which is only the tip of the iceberg of a much bigger problem with our relationship and understanding of food. The production, transport, and packaging of our food all creates a heavy carbon footprint and generates waste in it’s journey before it even reaches your kitchen, which is why it’s even more important to use and utilise all of your food and cut-down on waste. The BBC have a simple but effective tool to give you a brief insight into the carbon footprint of some of your favourite foods.

As Prue and Dr Rupy demonstrate in their show, making changes to waste less in the kitchen doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. We’ve shared a few of our top tips for easy ways to waste less in your kitchen below.

Five Tips to Reduce Waste in your Kitchen

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1. Wrap fresh fruit, vegetables and bakery products to keep them fresh

We weren’t going to talk about keeping food fresh without mentioning our beeswax wraps and vegan wax wraps! The natural ingredients we use to hand make our wraps means they are breathable but mould and moisture repelling, making them ideal for keeping your loaf fresh for up to a week and your fruit and veg crisp and crunchy until it’s time to use it.

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2. Plan, plan and plan some more

A top tip of Prue’s and Dr Rupy’s is to prepare and plan your meals. Not only does this make meal time prep quicker and easier, but it also means you’re only buying exactly what you know you’re going to use. We also recommend avoiding buying pre-packaged fresh food like bagged bananas and carrots. Not only because of the unnecessary plastic it uses, but also because you’re more likely to end up with too much and generate waste.

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3. Grow your own

Fun to do and often easier than you think! Obviously it’s impossible to grow everything yourself without lots of time, resources and patience, but there are some fruit and vegetables which are easy to grow and, in our opinion, taste better too. Kew Gardens have created a great guide for food you can grow on your kitchen windowsill. There are also lots of vegetables and herbs you can easily grow from scraps, which really is using every last bit of your food!

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4. Freeze

We’re not perfect and sometimes despite all good intentions you’ll end up with surplus food, but what we do with that surplus food can make the world of difference. Instead of throwing into your food recycling, why not freeze it? Peppers, onions, herbs, and even milk and cheese can be popped in the freezer for use later on. Which? have created a handy guide for foods you can freeze to help save on waste. Our wraps are also freezable, making them the perfect container for storing and saving your fresh food.

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5. Share

Sometimes you can see what unloved food is going to end up in the compost heap before it gets there. Whether it’s because you’re off for an impromptu meal out, haven’t included them in your meal plan, or are off on holiday. If you can see food that’s turning and won’t be used, why not share it? Apps such as Olio are brilliant for creating a network of those close by where you can share food on or near its use-by date to help reduce waste. Alternatively, ask your neighbours or look for your local Food Bank or Community Fridge.

 Cook Clever, Waste Less is shown on Channel 4 on Mondays at 8.30pm and available to stream on All 4.

Click here to find out more about our collaboration with Prue Leith.