Oh, ok, I didn’t really.
It’s something I’ve always aspired to but I admit I’m a bit too law abiding to actually go through with it.
And a bit too chicken if I’m honest
But I really admire people who dumpster dive and wholeheartedly agree with the concept.
After all, a lot of food that is thrown away by supermarkets and other food stores is perfectly good enough to eat.
It’s only because the use by date is approaching, the best before date has gone, something is missing or the packaging is not perfect that most of it gets tossed in the first place.
And that is a waste…
According to Channel 4, Britain’s’ supermarkets waste 300,000 tonnes of food per year. And while some of it ends up in the mouths of the hungry, through organisations such as Fareshare, much of it ends up in landfill.
So I decided to roll up my sleeves and ‘dumpster dive’ in my own cupboards. It feels a good time of year to be using up all the old stuff and restocking for the winter months. Here are some of the delicacies I found at zero waste towers:
With a use by date of:
Now I have to admit, these were like tough rocks, but they weren’t actually off, so I did this with them:
Followed by pudding, zero food waste style. A tin of pineapple:
with a best before of:
Was mixed with some stewed plums from the freezer and made into cobbler:
And no pudding in this house would be complete without:
With a date of:
Turned into Little Miss Green’s favourite …
There’s no photo of it I’m afraid because it barely touches the sides of her mouth!
What about you – when did you last create a dish from food that would otherwise have been wasted?