When cooking, you might notice you are throwing away a lot of food scraps such as stalks, peelings and bones. Well, there is in fact a use for them!
I recommend keeping a Tupperware or container in your freezer for moments just like this to collect your scraps until full.
Once your container is full to the brim, empty into a large pot and cover with boiling water. Bring to the boil and once you see bubbles around the edges, turn the heat down low and simmer with the lid on for approximately 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Once the hour is up, taste the liquid, if it is not flavoursome enough then simmer for a little longer. If you are happy with the taste, then remove the scraps with a slotted spoon.
Set a colander or sieve into a large bowl and line it with muslin cloth or coffee filter. Pour the stock through the lined sieve or colander to remove any debris from your scraps.
You don’t need to use your stock immediately! Simply leave to cool, divide into small containers or even an ice cube tray and freeze for next time you are cooking a soup or sauce.
Take a look at our Eco Hints and Tips page throughout this week to see more daily advice for reducing your food waste. Make sure you are using #FoodWasteActionWeek and tagging @lfhw_uk in your social media posts to help spread the word and also any useful tips you have come up with to reduce your food waste!