But, when cooking with fresh ingredients, some food inevitably still end up in the bin. To help inspire the 30% of Brits who are deliberately wasting less food since the first lockdown, we asked HelloFresh Head Chef Andre Dupin to pull together five genius food waste hacks.
Take rinds, peels and skins, according to Head our Chef Andre Dupin, “there is a common misconception that the skin on certain fruits can’t be eaten. With the right recipes and cooking methods, fruit peels that are commonly thrown away can be turned into something quite delicious! We’re determined to help keep the nation inspired in the kitchen and at the table.’’
For a sweet yet crunchy crisp sensation, repurpose apple skin by baking them into tasty chips. Mix sugar and cinnamon together, sprinkle evenly over the peels and bake for 30 minutes. Easy as pie!
Candied Orange Peel
Simply pop the peeled + sliced orange peel in an inch of water and bring to boil. Drain with a colander and repeat once more. Once that's done, add back to the pot with 2 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar and vanilla. Bring to boil and then simmer for 30-35minutes until the sugar syrup has almost entirely evaporated. Let them dry for at least 8 hours. When dried, roll in sugar.
Chocolate Dipped Orange Peel
Disguise orange peel with a delicious dark chocolate coating. Perfect for gifting, snacking or a healthier treat – all ages will adore this genius snack. Use the same recipe as the Candied Orange Peel above, but lastly, melt and cover the treats in milk chocolate.
The rind of grapefruit is rich in fibre and should never be wasted. To make the most delicious and nutritious tea, simply add a grapefruit peel to boiling water and let it simmer for 15 minutes, then sweeten to taste with honey.
Lemon Peel Zesty Seasoning
Make your own zesty seasonings with lemon peels that would have once been thrown away. Before you halve a lemon for juicing, grate the zest to use for seasoning – add to cooked grains, such as couscous and bulgur wheat for a zingy crunch or mix in soups, stews or any curry dish to bring out the flavours.
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