Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Food Waste Week: Bread

Ok, I know I have already posted ideas on food waste. But this morning, I was faced with an article claiming that the Office for National Statistics found that 1 in 5 households in the UK waste a whole loaf of bread every week.  There is a poem that springs immediately to mind.  It comes from one of my favourite kitchen books, More with Less Cookbook edited by Doris Longacre.

Be gentle 
when you touch bread.
Let it not lie
     uncared for, unwanted
So often bread
is taken for granted.
There is so much beauty
     in bread -
Beauty of sun and soil,
Beauty of patient toil.
Winds and rains have caressed it
     Christ often blessed it.
Be gentle
     when you touch bread.
 - Author unknown

Perhaps this bread the ONC calls attention to is often the stuff in which the figurative or literal blood and sweat that has gone into it's creation is hidden; someone else has done the work.  Perhaps in these cases, the thinking is... well £1.50 (max) vs. actually doing something with it....?

My first suggestion, in cases of homemade or bought, is prevention vs. cure: Put your bread straight into the freezer.  If you can get into the habit of slicing it and then storing it in the freezer immediately after it is made/brought home then there is no chance of it languishing in the cupboard and being forgotten about until it is too late and breeding its own green fluffy ecosystem.  It really only takes minutes for an individual slice to thaw, less if you butter up and add the filling as this speeds up the thawing.  You can make up sandwiches from frozen bread in the morning, and they will certainly have thawed by lunch time, having the bonus of keeping your filling chilled.

Look out for recipes and more ideas during the week....

Please feel free to share any tips you have for combatting bread waste...

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