Zoom back with me to the glorious ’80s. I’m sitting at the family dinner table refusing to eat my vegetables and probably being an absolute bloody beep because apparently I was one a lot if you listen to my parents. They’re getting annoyed with me but I’m stubborn and I won’t give in to their demands, so they whip out the old gem: “There are children starving in Africa who would love to eat those!”
I’m sure I heard that one most nights. One day I know I’ll use it with my own kids, as now I get how damn frustrating it is to cook a nice meal, only to hear “it’s yucky”. But mostly, I just hate wasting food, especially since groceries are so expensive now it’s not the 1980s. Cheap food is so last century!
Now I know the tip I’m about to share goes beyond “thrifty” and might sound ridiculous, but I have started saving discarded apples and bananas, because my kids drop theirs willy nilly, after deciding they’re not hungry after all. If I don’t keep on top of picking it all up, my lounge floor starts to resemble a graveyard of long-forgotten fruit and it drives me…. BANANAS!
My friend suggested putting the half bananas into the freezer and now I do that. They pile up in a Glad bag until I need some for baking and then I defrost them and hey, Bob’s your uncle! With apples, I take the ones that have only had a bite or two taken out of them and I put them in the fridge until they pile up. By the end of the week I usually have a pot of stewed apples on my hands, handy for topping cereal or using in baking too.
It’s not a money saving thing (even I draw the line at worrying about scraps!) but now my conscience is clear as I’m not wasting food that those less fortunate people (in Africa, or otherwise) wish they had in great supply. That and I really hope I’m teaching those ungrateful buggers who call me Mum that wasting food is not cool – not cool at all.