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Tips To Reduce Food Waste

6 (Simple) Tips to Reduce Food Waste

According to the experts at EroeGo.

Consider this: nearly 821 million people worldwide don’t have access to enough food, while a third of all the food produced around the world goes to waste. To say these statistics are unacceptable would be an understatement. But what exactly is food waste? It’s defined as produce ‘of good quality fit for consumption’, but ‘doesn’t get consumed because it is discarded’. Take peculiar-looking or misshapen fruit and vegetables. 

Between 20% and 40% of produce that has an unusual shape or size, or that’s marked or discoloured, is thrown away before it even leaves the farm because it doesn’t meet the market’s aesthetic standards – and that’s exactly where EroeGo steps in. The first start-up dedicated to fighting food waste in the UAE, EroeGo is impact-driven, providing meals to two people facing hunger for every box sold while allowing its customers to purchase fruits and vegetables discarded by producers at a discount. A win-win, essentially. Here, the experts at EroeGo share a handful of tips and tricks to reduce food waste at home.

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste

1. The Date Update

There are many different food waste solutions, and simply knowing the difference between the ‘sell by’, ‘best before’, and ‘use by’ dates is one of the easiest. These dates are used by companies to let us know when it’s likely that food will go bad, but they’re often still confusing for consumers. The ‘sell by’ date is used to inform retailers when they should take the item off their shelves. Meanwhile, the ‘best before’ is about quality, and the ‘use by’ is about safety. Make a point of buying items that are close to their ‘best before’ dates – they’re perfectly safe to eat, they’re usually cheaper to buy, and it’ll stop them from being discarded.

2. In a Jam

If you have some very ripe stone fruits lying around, they’re really easy to turn into a scrumptious homemade jam – and it’s not as daunting as it sounds. By simply adding sugar and a little bit of lemon juice, you’ve got the recipe for a winning preserve that’s perfect on pancakes, stuffed into French toast, or just enjoyed with a dollop of natural yoghurt. You can even use both the flesh and the skin here. The stone will have to be taken out, but to avoid creating food waste, it can always be added to the compost heap. For even less waste, reuse one of the glass jars that you already have in your cupboard for storage.

3. Drink Up

It doesn’t matter how overripe fruit looks – as long as they still taste good, they’ll work perfectly in a smoothie. And even if you don’t fancy one right now, you can still chop the fruit and freeze it in a ziplock bag until you’re ready for one. When you come to actually whipping up your delicious drink, it’s so simple to just throw the frozen fruit into the blender with some yoghurt and other fruits or vegetables. Not a smoothie fan? Opt for flavoured water. As fruit gets older, it usually gets an intense sweetness, so just chop up your orange, pineapple, or strawberries and add it to a jug of water for a more exciting way to stay hydrated. Bonus: if you leave it in the fridge overnight, it’ll infuse with an even stronger flavour.

Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste

4. One Man’s Treasure

Compost just refers to the natural decaying of organic matter. When you throw scraps on a big compost pile, it all naturally breaks down into a nutrient-rich fertiliser that’s great for your garden. There’s a huge range of stuff you can put on there – from banana skins, apple cores, and avocado pits to leftover bread, coffee grounds, and egg shells. You have to be careful with some items, though. You shouldn’t add anything oily or greasy, nor any animal products (think: milk, meat, butter, and cheese). Having a compost heap in your garden is a really great way to reduce food waste because any fruit or vegetable peels you may have, or any groceries that have gone bad, can be converted into something naturally beneficial.

5. A Family Affair

Get the kids on board, too – it can make the whole process a lot more fun. In fact, getting the whole family involved could end up being your greatest food waste solution yet. Because kids love getting creative in the kitchen, why not get them to help you cook up more tasty treats that’ll use up even more fruits and vegetables? From putting overripe berries in muffins to making crisps out of leftover vegetables and baking old apples into a crumble, there are plenty of recipes around that they will love. Not only is it a great way to help them get their five-a-day, but it’s also a good way to use food that might otherwise end up in the bin.

Preventing Wasted Food At Home

6. Taking Stock

Making homemade stock is one of the many small things we all can do to help prevent food waste, especially if you’re looking for a way to use up peels and scraps. Not only will you really be getting the most out of your groceries, but it’ll also help you out – stock always comes in useful for cooking. It’s easy to do, too. Just keep your vegetable trimmings aside during the week. As you’re cooking, wash those leftover bits, cut scraps into smaller and more manageable chunks, and put them into an airtight container or ziplock bag along with any peels you’ve saved. Once you’ve saved up one ziplock bag full, you’re ready to make stock. It will last for about one week in the fridge, or up to six months in the freezer.

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Applelicious Delights: Top 3 Irresistible Desserts

Sweet Apple Bliss

When it comes to desserts, apples are a versatile and delicious ingredient that can be used in various ways. From classic apple pies to unique and creative treats, there’s no shortage of apple desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. These top 3 irresistible apple desserts are sure to become your new favourites.

Classic Apple Pie

This timeless dessert is a staple in many households around Dubai. The flaky crust, warm apple filling, and aromatic spices make this a winner.

Serving Size:
4 – 6
Time:
1 Hour
Difficulty:
Medium

To make a classic apple pie, you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 6-7 medium-sized apples (Granny Smith or Honeycrisp work well)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 9-inch pie crust (homemade or store-bought)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Peel, core, and slice the apples into thin wedges.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Add the sliced apples to the bowl and toss until they are evenly coated with the sugar mixture.
  5. Roll out the pie crust and place it in a 9-inch pie dish.
  6. Pour the apple mixture into the pie crust and dot the top with small pieces of butter.
  7. Roll out the second pie crust and place it on top of the apples. Crimp the edges to seal the pie.
  8. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.
  9. Brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg.
  10. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  11. Let the pie cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

We urge you to try these caramel apple cheesecake bars. The combination of creamy cheesecake, tart apples, and gooey caramel is a match made in dessert heaven. Perfect for a party, a celebration or just for a picnic, and they’re sure to pull on the heart strings of your loved ones.

Serving Size:
4
Time:
50 Min
Difficulty:
Medium

To make caramel apple cheesecake bars, you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medium-sized apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth.
  5. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat until well combined.
  6. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the graham cracker crust.
  7. Sprinkle the diced apples over the top of the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the apples.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centre is set.
  10. Let the bars cool before slicing and serving.

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

If you love to experiment I’m the kitchen, it’s time you tried these baked apple cider doughnuts. These doughnuts are moist, flavourful, and have a subtle apple cider taste that will leave you wanting more. Plus, they’re baked instead of fried, making them a healthier option for your kids, coworkers or friends!

Serving Size:
4
Time:
30 Min
Difficulty:
Easy

To make baked apple cider doughnuts, you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the apple cider, melted butter, Greek yoghurt, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into a greased doughnut pan, filling each mould about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Let the doughnuts cool before removing them from the pan.
  8. Optional: Dip the top of the doughnuts in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar for added flavour.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Classic Apple Pie a timeless favourite, and are there any variations to enhance its flavour profile?

Classic Apple Pie is beloved for its comforting blend of sweet and tart apples encased in a flaky crust. The timeless recipe provides insights into creative variations, ensuring your apple pie experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

How do Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars combine the richness of cheesecake with the sweet crunch of caramelized apples, and can they be customized for dietary preferences?

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars offer a decadent fusion of creamy cheesecake and luscious caramelized apples. The delightful marriage of flavours can be achieved by substituting sugar with Our Allulose Sweetener to accommodate your dietary preference, ensuring everyone can indulge in this heavenly treat. Our Allulose Sweetener is a non-GMO corn-based natural sweetener. It tastes just like sugar, with a clean and moderate sweetness and no aftertaste. Because Allulose is not digested by the body, it has extremely few calories and has no effect on blood sugar levels. Allulose offers roughly 70% of the sweetness and intensity of sugar without any of the health hazards. As a result, it is becoming more common as a sweetener in food and beverages. Allulose has the remarkable feature of browning like sugar, making it the preferred sugar alternative for baking. Allulose has been demonstrated in studies to lower blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as aid in weight loss.

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