Waste Not Want Not - Fridge Cleaner Cooking
Did you know that New Zealanders waste over 150,000 tonnes of food a year? It’s the equivalent of 271 jumbo jets of food, all of which could have been eaten. In Waste Not Want Not, Sarah Burtscher shows how to make ugly and forgotten ingredients into delicious meals. She expertly shows you how to forage in your own fridge, fruit bowl and pantry.
It wasn’t until March 2020, when the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic were felt and overnight, home cooking became a necessity. “Never before has it been more important to value your food, to help the environment and help your wallet,” she says.
Waste Not Want Not is based on the top 10 foods thrown out in New Zealand; bread, leftovers, oranges and mandarins, apples, bananas, potatoes, poultry, rice, lettuce and beef.
There’s plenty of hearty meals included. The Beetroot and Apple Soup looks divine, uses whole apples (cores included) and freezes well. The Buddha Bowl with Quick Karaage Chicken is partnered with tangy ginger and peanut butter dressing. I’ll certainly be trying the Forgotten Vegetable Soup, after cleaning out our fridge veggie draw at the end of the week. The French Toast Tray Bake is also set to become a family favourite too.
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