Nobody likes to waste food unnecessarily but if it’s going to go off in your fridge or cupboard, what’s the alternative? Investing in a couple of handy kitchen appliances could help you to extend your recipe repertoire and save food from the clutches of your bin.
Here’s how we save food before it’s too late:
1. Smoothie Maker
Can’t face eating a piece of whole fruit but you know it’ll go to waste if it’s not used? Make a delicious smoothie! Smoothies are a great way to make sure you get some of your 5-a-day. The range of recipe options is almost limitless and with a Russell Hobbs Desire Jug Blender you’ve no excuses! So, grab your fruit, add a carton of yogurt, a spoonful of honey or peanut butter, a handful of oats, ice and blitz!
The Desire Jug blender is perfect for whipping up sauces and dips too so you can use up those chillies, garlic cloves and tomatoes that have been in the fridge for ages too!
Top Tip:If you think your bananas can’t survive another day, simply unpeel them, wrap them in cling film and pop them in the freezer. You can also freeze your days-old strawberries, blueberries and pineapples. Frozen fruit is handy to have as it’s perfect in ice-cold smoothies, milkshakes or cocktails.
There’s nothing less appetising than vegetables dying in your cupboard or fridge crisper drawer. There’s nothing more appealing on a cold winter’s day than a steaming bowl of delicious, nutritious homemade soup. Voila! With the Russell Hobbs Soup and Blend 2-in-1 Soup maker and blender you can help your wrinkly veggies fulfil their purpose in life. Broccoli and Stilton, French Onion and Creamy Mushroom are heart-warming favourites and make good use of ingredients that might otherwise end up in the bin. Make as much as you can and, if you have any left over, soup is a food that can be frozen for a later date.
Top Tip:Did you know that homemade vegetable soup provides you with a powerhouse of goodness, because the soup making process is so quick, a lot of nutrients in vegetables are preserved too. You can whip up your soup in the morning and heat it up at lunchtime as a tasty alternative to a midday sandwich
Does the thought of chopping your vegetables and salad ingredients sometimes put you off making a nutritious meal at the end of a long day? Isn’t it sometimes easier just to open a tin or warm up a ready meal than cook from scratch? Stop! The Russell Hobbs Food Collection Mini Chopper is on hand to save the day. Whether it’s chopping onions, garlic and chilli, dicing nuts, crumbling biscuits or prepping the basics for recipes such as patés or houmous, the 70w powered universal blade enables you to tackle everything with minimum time and effort. The 500ml capacity is plenty for most of your chopping needs and it’s also perfect for preparing homemade baby food too.
Top Tip: Don’t throw out stale bread - it makes delicious croutons for salad and soup toppings
Hearty chillis and stews are lovely dinners to come home to. A slow cooker or a multi-cooker on a slow cooker setting, makes it possible for you to enjoy a filling, homemade meal at the end of a long day. Russell Hobbs has an incredible choice of practical cookers with multiple functions, that could make your busy life so much easier. From making perfect porridge using the last of the milk, or a delicious one-pot meal, there’s not a lot of recipes these handy appliances can’t do.
Top Tip:Get into the habit of making weekly meal planners and shopping lists. That way, you’ll only buy the right amount of ingredients you need for each meal. Not only could you save time and money on food shopping, but you’ll also dramatically reduce the amount of food you waste too
Chop chillies, onions, garlics and herbs and pop into individual ice cube trays to store in the freezer. Next time you need a spoonful of fresh garlic for a recipe or herbs for your pasta, you’ve just the right amount to hand. Using your leftover herbs and spices in this way makes sure you don’t have to throw them away. You can also batch cook food and freeze it for those days when cooking is the last thing you feel like doing. You can also freeze homemade vegetable stock and other sauces so that it’s ready and prepared, just when you need it with not a bit of waste in sight.
Russell Hobbs was founded in the UK in 1952 by Bill Russell and Peter Hobbs, whose combined design and engineering flair allowed them to launch a company that remains a leading brand to this day. Over the years, Russell Hobbs has built up a legacy of design and innovation that placed the brand at the heart of the consumer’s home. The first automatic switch off kettle, the first automatic coffee maker and even the first plastic kettle were all Russell Hobbs innovations.