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A waste of food is a waste of money. Here are some simple solutions to everyday problems, to make sure nothing is wasted.

Problem: Certain vegetables, such as lettuce or spring onions, are quite sensitive and perish faster than I can consume them.

Solution: You can prolong their lifecycle by rinsing, drying them up and keeping them in kitchen roll inside a Plastic Container SANITAS or a Zipper Bag SANITAS. Paper absorbs moisture, while the container or bag protects them from drying up. Also, cabbage is better preserved if brushed with lemon juice and wrapped in Plastic film.

Problem: Many fresh herbs like dill and parsley come in large quantities which I rarely finish up before they go bad.

Solution: Keep herbs fresh for at least 2 weeks by placing them in a glass of water and in the fridge. Unless intended to be used within 2 weeks, place them in Plastic Bags or Containers SANITAS and into the freezer. Write down the date and keep them up to 1 year, each time putting the desired quantity directly into the pot.

Problem: In summertime, especially in August, the price of tomatoes falls, and it would be cheaper if I could buy larger quantities. What can I do?

Solution: Make a fresh tomato puree by processing the more ripe tomatoes in the food processor. Portion the puree in Plastic Bags or Containers SANITAS, and keep it in the freezer all year round. When you need it to cook, you can take the desired quantity out of the freezer, and wait until the puree loosens and can be removed from the walls of the bag or container, and ready to use.

Problem: What can I do to keep cheese fresh longer?

Solution: Feta cheese can last longer if refrigerated in brine, in a Plastic Container SANITAS. You can make brine by simmering 1 lt water at 90°C with 70g salt for 30 seconds. Then cool down the brine in the fridge until it reaches a temperature of 4°C, when it will be ready for use.

 

Hard cheeses can be kept in the freezer wrapped in plastic film or in sealed Plastic Containers SANITAS in which you should put a sugar cube to absorb moisture. For longer-term preservation, you can cut the cheese into small pieces, put them in airtight bags and into the freezer.

Problem: I have an excess of various vegetables in small quantities (leeks, courgettes, mushrooms, onions) and I don’t want to throw them away. What can I do to keep them from going bad?

Solution: The most tasteful and healthy solution is to finely chop them, boil them into a broth and make a fast and delicious vegetable soup. Alternatively, you can put them in Airtight Zipper Bags or Plastic Containers SANITAS and into the freezer. Write down the freezing date and use within 12 months.

Finally, you can dry them. The drying process in the oven is as follows: preheat at low temperature (60°C), then insert the trays with the vegetables leaving some space between each vegetable. Move the trays from the higher to the lower shelf and from the inside to the outside every 30 minutes. Turn of the heat with almost completely dry, and leave the oven door wide open for another hour. When cool, place the dry vegetables in plastic Food Bags SANITAS and into Plastic containers SANITAS. Keep them in a dark, dry and cool place. Foods that have been dried properly will last 6 to 12 months.

Problem: How can I use larger quantities and take advantage of the better prices and flavour of fruit when in season?

Solution: In the food processor, blend fruit in season, add 200g sugar per kg of fruit, and keep the mixture in Freezer Bags in the freezer. This way you will have a delightful and quick solution for parties, ice creams and jams all year round!

Problem: My old mirror is worn. Is there a way to fix it without replacing it?

Solution: Glue a piece of Aluminium Foil onto the back side of the mirror, bright side down, to hide wear.