Ranty Tash #2
I'm not very good at statistics, I can hardly keep my mind focussed long enough to write a Ranty Tash let alone read long articles full of numbers. And the thing about statistics is they don't really mean anything when you talk about numbers above a million. What does a million bananas wasted every day look like? Would they fill my home? Would they fill the open plan office at work.
So, people, let's stop thinking about some mathematician’s stats and let's simply start changing the way we deal with wasting food. That mouldy lemon you're about to throw out - could you cut out the bad bits and squeeze the rest into water and just drink it? Those brown bananas? Can we put them in the freezer until we have time to bake banana bread, or make a smoothie? And when we're shopping, let’s not shop on an empty stomach, we'll buy way more perishable stuff than we need and maybe, just maybe, only throw away the stalks and skins, not the perfectly edible part.
Which brings me onto peeling mushrooms. Are you serious? Do people still do this? Does anyone realise that mushroom ‘skin’ is perfectly edible. It’s not even a skin. Mushrooms don’t need washing. A wipe with a damp cloth if you’re deadly serious about washing all veggies but did you know you can eat every part of a mushroom? People who take stalks out of mushrooms because they don’t want to eat them: why? What would an oyster mushroom be without the stalk after all? Public service announcement: Eat The Whole Mushroom, folks. It won’t kill you and there’ll be less waste in the world.
Same goes for broccoli stalks (peel off the tough outer skin and cook with the florets).
Potato, parsnip and squash skins can be deep or shallow fried, lightly salted and enjoyed with a cheeky beer, perhaps Toast Ale. It's made from stale bread.
Come on everyone, let’s start thinking a little. Just like charity begins at home, so does combating food waste.