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Reducing Food Waste with Your Thermomix

kitchen bench with a Thermomix on it sign says reduce waste with Thermomix

Today, I’m diving into a topic that’s close to my heart and crucial for our planet – reducing food waste. And guess what? Your Thermomix isn’t just your best friend for whipping up delicious meals; it’s also a champion in helping you lead a more sustainable kitchen lifestyle. πŸŒπŸ’š

Why Focus on Food Waste?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s talk about why this matters. Food waste isn’t just about leftovers; it’s a global issue that affects our environment, economy, and how we value the resources we have. In Australia alone, we throw away millions of tonnes of food each year, which is not only a waste of money but also a missed opportunity to reduce our environmental footprint.

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Throw food away, or use it up?

I want to share a little nugget of wisdom that I always emphasised to my hospitality students, and it’s all about knowing when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em in the kitchen. While I’m all for getting creative with leftovers and minimizing waste, it’s super important to remember that not everything past its prime is a candidate for our next culinary masterpiece.

Think of it this way: if you wouldn’t happily chop it up and eat it as is, then it’s probably not the best choice for tossing into your stock pot or any dish, for that matter. Our kitchens are places of magic and transformation, sure, but they’re not meant to be garbage disposals for ingredients that have lost their luster and, more importantly, their nutritional value.

So, let’s keep making those delicious, nutrient-packed meals with what we have on hand, but also stay mindful about the quality of what we’re using. It’s all about striking that perfect balance between being resourceful and ensuring we’re feeding ourselves and our loved ones the good stuff. πŸ’š

Enter Thermomix: Your Sustainability Sidekick

Now, how does a Thermomix fit into this picture? It’s simple. This kitchen wizard makes it easier than ever to use up those bits and bobs you might otherwise toss. Here are some tips and tricks to turn your Thermomix into a waste-fighting superhero.

Pesto in a jar on a wqooden board.

1. Pesto & Dips from Greens

In every leaf of greens that’s nearing its farewell, there lies an untapped potential for culinary magic. πŸ₯¬πŸ₯•πŸ₯¦Whether it’s the last bunch of herbs, a handful of spinach, or kale’s tender leaves, your Thermomix is about to turn them from forgotten fridge dwellers into the stars of your meal. 🌿✨ And it’s not just greens, do you use broccoli and cauliflower stems? They can be used too.

The beauty of transforming leftover greens into pesto or dips is not just in saving them from the bin; it’s about adding a burst of flavour and nutrition to your meals with minimal effort. Your Thermomix makes this rescue mission a breeze, blending these greens into smooth, aromatic concoctions that can elevate any dish from “meh” to “wow.”

Pesto, with its rich, herby goodness, can be tossed with pasta, drizzled over roasted vegetables, or spread on sandwiches, turning the simple into the sublime. And let’s not forget about Cookidoo dips – creamy, flavourful, and perfect for snacking or entertaining. Imagine a spinach and feta dip or kale and walnut spread, ready in minutes, to pair with crackers, roast veggies, or a spread for fresh bread.

So, the next time you have a handful of something in the fridge that needs to be used up, see it as an opportunity. With your Thermomix by your side, you’re just moments away from transforming them into something extraordinary. It’s a delicious way to bring sustainability to your table, one blend at a time.

A half loaf of unsliced bread on a counter top.

2. Bread to Crumbs

I’m sure you’ve heard or even done this before. Stale bread in the kitchen can often feel like a culinary dead end. But here’s a little secret: in that seemingly uninspiring loaf lies the potential for culinary gold, waiting to be unlocked by your Thermomix. 🍞✨

Instead of seeing stale bread as a waste, view it as an opportunity. Your Thermomix is the alchemist that can transform this humble ingredient into golden breadcrumbs, a versatile kitchen staple that no chef should be without. With a few pulses, bread transforms from stale slices to fine or coarse crumbs, ready to add texture and flavour to a myriad of dishes.

These homemade breadcrumbs are not just a thrifty way to use up leftover bread; they’re a step up in quality from anything you can buy at the store. Use them to add a crispy coating to chicken, fish, or vegetables. Stir them into soups and stews to thicken and enrich. Or sprinkle them over casseroles and pasta bakes for a crunchy topping that turns a simple dish into something special.

But why stop there? Take your breadcrumbs to the next level by seasoning them with herbs, spices, or even grated cheese before using them. Your Thermomix can help you experiment with flavours, creating custom blends that will elevate any dish.

And when it comes to storage, you’ve got options. Freeze your breadcrumbs for long-term use, or toast them lightly and dry them out in the oven or dehydrator, ensuring they stay fresh and ready for your next culinary creation. This not only extends the life of your bread but also ensures you have a ready supply of this kitchen essential on hand.

So, the next time you find yourself with stale bread, remember: you’re just a Thermomix blitz away from turning it into something truly magical. It’s a simple step towards sustainability that doesn’t just reduce waste; it adds a touch of homemade goodness to your meals. Because in the world of cooking, it’s often the simplest ingredients that hold the most potential.

Strawberry sorbet in a blue bowl.

3. Fruit to Jam or Sorbet

Whoever said, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” probably never had a Thermomix and a bunch of overripe fruit on their counter. In our world, overripe fruit isn’t a sign of defeat; it’s an invitation to culinary creativity. πŸ“πŸ‹πŸ‘

Imagine this: bananas turning a bit too brown, strawberries a tad too soft, or peaches losing their firmness. In the eyes of a conventional kitchen, these might seem past their prime. But in your kitchen, armed with a Thermomix, they’re about to become the stars of the show. Check out these Cookidoo sorbets.

Transforming these fruits into jams and chutneys is not just about making something delicious; it’s about capturing and preserving the essence of the fruit at its most flavorful moment. Your Thermomix allows you to easily cook down these fruits, add your favourite spices or herbs, and create jams that taste like bottled sunshine. Spread it on toast, swirl it into yogurt, or dollop it on pancakes, and bask in the glow of your sustainable choice.

But let’s not stop at jam. Overripe fruit is also perfect for making sorbet. Yes, that’s rightβ€”a homemade, refreshing treat that cools you down on a hot day and warms your heart with the knowledge that you’re reducing food waste. Your Thermomix can blend fruit to the perfect consistency, then freeze it into a shallow container (or ice cube trays) remove it, chop it into cubes the blitz, to create a sorbet that’s smooth, sweet, and utterly satisfying. It’s a guilt-free pleasure that celebrates the full potential of your fruit, no matter its ripeness.

A wooden board with sliced meat, grapes, cheese and crackers.

4. Leftover Cheese: The Ultimate Flavour Booster

If you’re anything like me, cheese is not just an ingredient; it’s a way of life. πŸ§€β€οΈ I’ve dedicated an entire drawer in my fridge to cheese, transforming it into a treasure trove of dairy delights. But, as with all treasures, there are often little bits and pieces left behind, remnants from a cheese board or the end slices of a block that seem too small to use but too precious to throw away.

Here’s where your Thermomix and a bit of creativity come into play. Those leftover cheese bits can be your secret weapon in the kitchen. Grate them up in your Thermomix – it doesn’t matter if they’re hard cheeses like Parmesan, softer ones like Havarti, or even crumbly feta. Every type of cheese brings its unique flavour and texture to the table.

Once you’ve got your cheese grated, the possibilities are endless. Stir them into white sauces to add depth and richness. Check out our easy Bechamell sauce and this Cookidoo recipe that can be made with all sorts of cheeses. Sprinkle them over bread rolls before baking for a crispy, cheesy crust that’s utterly irresistible. Or, mix them into your next batch of savoury muffins or scones for a delightful cheesy surprise in every bite. Not only does this tip help to reduce waste and save money, but it also enhances the flavour of your dishes, making them more exciting.

So, next time you find yourself with leftover cheese, remember: it’s not the end of the cheese board; it’s the beginning of your next culinary masterpiece. Let’s make every bit count and keep our kitchens sustainable, one delicious cheese-infused dish at a time.

Three leftover egg yolks.

5. What to do with leftover yolks after making meringue

Here are three of my savoury favourites.

  • Hollandaise Sauce: Perfect for eggs Benedict or drizzling over vegetables, hollandaise sauce is a classic way to use up egg yolks.
  • Mayonnaise: Homemade mayonnaise is simple to make with egg yolks and has a richer flavour than store-bought versions. I probably make this the most because my hubby loves crumbed chicken. How can I say no when it’s such a quick easy meal? Here is how I make mayo in my Thermomix.
  • Aioli: Elevate your sandwich or dip game with a homemade aioli, flavoured with garlic, lemon, or herbs.

and then there’s Pasta.

  • Fresh Pasta: Egg yolks add richness and colour to homemade pasta dough, giving you a restaurant-quality result.
  • Carbonara Sauce: Authentic carbonara uses egg yolks for its creamy, silky sauce, perfect for a quick yet decadent meal no cream is needed if you use yolks.

You didn’t think I’d leave out sweet did you? πŸ€ͺ

  • Custards and Puddings: Egg yolks are the key to creamy, indulgent custards and puddings. They’re perfect for a comforting dessert or a fancy dinner finale.
  • Ice Cream: Homemade ice cream benefits from the richness of egg yolks, making it extra creamy and luxurious. I have to say this is probably my go-to after Mayo.
  • Lemon Curd: This tangy, buttery spread is ideal for scones, toast, or filling for cakes and pastries.

6. Homemade Yoghurt is easier than you think

Lastly, let’s talk about reducing waste while indulging in creamy, homemade yogurt. With your Thermomix, making yogurt from scratch is not only easy but also a smart way to minimize packaging waste. All you need is milk, milk powder (for that extra creaminess), and a bit of yogurt culture. The process for making yoghurt is really simple in your Thermomix, and the result is deliciously fresh yogurt that can serve as a base for smoothies, or breakfast bowls, or be enjoyed on its own. Plus, it’s a fun experiment that might just become your new favourite Thermomix routine!

Embracing a Sustainable Mindset

Reducing food waste with your Thermomix isn’t just about saving money or being eco-friendly; it’s about changing how we view and use food. Every small step counts and your kitchen can lead the way in making a big difference.

Remember, reducing food waste is a journey, and every meal is an opportunity to make a difference. Let’s embrace this challenge with open arms and a Thermomix by our side!

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