FoodSaver Zero-Waste Challenge

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Over the last few weeks, I have been invited to take part in the FoodSaver Zero-Waste Challenge #FoodSaverChallenge #ZeroWasteNovember.

One of my pet hates is food waste. We always work to a shopping list however by the end of the week there is always some needless food waste. For us, it is usually fruit and or vegetables. You write your shopping list with healthy intentions but the odd takeaway night sometimes puts healthy meals on the back burner.

As a family, we need to eat more fruit and vegetables but the trouble with fresh products is they can go off in a few days before we have had a chance to use them.

FoodSaver Zero-Waste Challenge:

FoodSaver kindly sent me some of their products to help me cut down on food waste. I was sent FoodSaver Black Vacuum Sealing Machine along with FoodSaver Fresh Food Containers and FoodSaver Zipper to take part in the challenge.

I was really interested to read up on the Food Saver product and was looking forward to trying them out. First up our weekly shop. Again my list is full of healthy meal plans, lots of fruit and veg. A normal week a third of it will be in the bin. Let’s see if Food Saver makes a difference?!

First up let us try and keep the strawberries fresh for longer than a day in the Food Saver containers. I love to buy strawberries, but if we don’t eat them within 24 hours they tend to be no good.

First up I washed and dried the new Food Saver, food containers. Then a bit of prep work popping some fresh fruit in the containers.

Red and green grapes, blueberries, oranges and strawberries what a lovely selection of fruit!?

Then I connect up to the Food Saver equipment. Power on check. Hose connected to container check, hose connected to main unit check. A quick button press and hey presto a vacuum free container full of fruit. Should last a week in the fridge now according to the manual. I pop that to one side and excitedly prepare some vegetables.

Next up a nice and tasty salad box. Lettuce, red onion, watercress, spring onion tomatoes and cucumber. Yum!

Then I sealed the container shut the same way I did like the fruit.

Nowadays I am always out at work on Sunday so I do not get a chance to prepare many vegetables on the day. These containers will come in handy to prepare my broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage and peas a day or two earlier.

One thing we have wanted to do for a long time is creating our own stir fries for dinner. This week I have been getting creative in preparing lots of different meal ideas. Once your vegetables are prepared you can easily make up a quick stir-fry by adding a bit of chicken, prepared veggies, noodles and a tasty sauce. The great thing about stir-fry is you can use lots of different vegetables to mix things up. Below is a picture of my stir-fry pack before and after vacuum sealing.

Stir Fry Ideas:

  • Mangetout
  • Broccoli
  • Baby sweetcorn

Or Maybe:

  • Red and yellow peppers
  • 2 Red onions
  • A handful of baby sweetcorn and mangetout
  • Spring onions

We are keeping these in the fridge for next week.

(What is amazing is what you can vacuum seal. Nuts coffee pasta biscuits bread. The list is endless.)

Simply fry some chicken or turkey in a wok until cooked and add your vegetables in a for around 5 minutes and add a sauce of your choice.

Get creative with any leftover vegetables.

How about preparing your fresh pizza topping, making a few batches of coleslaw up or preparing some vegetables up for roasting? So many possibilities.

What to do will leftover vegetables that need using up?

Make coleslaw! Great for Christmas parties.

The great thing about making coleslaw is that you do not really need set amounts of veggies.

Just use what you have in. You can use the same amount of each or mix it up a bit as I did in this recipe.

Homemade Coleslaw:

  • 175g Carrots, peeled and grated
  • 150g Red onion thinly sliced
  • 330g Red cabbage, thinly sliced and rinsed
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • Mayonnaise to taste

How To Make:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl apart from the mayonnaise.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Pop half of the mixture into a FoodSaver container for later and mix this half with mayonnaise to taste for now. ( I use 3 tablespoons full).
  4. Enjoy some fresh today and some more another day.

What I Have Learnt From FoodSaver Zero-Waste Challenge:

1.) Meal plan meal plan meal plan. A list of what foods you will need for each meal over the next few days.

2.) When buying fresh vegetables prepare them as soon as possible so you can eat them all up whilst they are nice and fresh.

If your meal plans go out the window the vacuum sealing saves the day and this weeks stir-fry can be next weeks. So a cheeky take away does not mean throwing things out!! Result…

I am loving using my new FoodSaver kitchen gadgets and I think the food containers are going to be the most used ideas I own. They are so much help for my new meal planning routine.

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This FoodSaver Zero-Waste Challenge post is a collaboration with FoodSaver but as always, all thoughts are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands I work with.

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20 Comments

  1. 9th November 2018 / 9:46 am

    Love this idea. It is so infuriating when the fruit and veg doesn’t last the week between food shops. This is a definite help in making it last longer #PoCoLo

    • 11th November 2018 / 7:08 pm

      Thanks you. I buy a lot of fruit and vegetables to get us healthy and I hate how quickly it goes off 🙁

  2. Helen
    9th November 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Wow I had no idea that you could get gadgets like this! Keeping food waste down is so important and we also love to meal plan 🙂

    • 11th November 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Thanks Helen. These are going to come in very handy 🙂

  3. 9th November 2018 / 1:04 pm

    These gadgets look and sound fantastic. I did not know you could get things like this.
    I meal plan which really helps with the food waste but we do always have fruit which needs to get thrown out. 🙁 #PoCoLo

    • 11th November 2018 / 7:19 pm

      Thanks Kim. I know with fruit they go off to quickly don’t they:(

  4. Escape Writers
    9th November 2018 / 1:17 pm

    This is a great challenge… I am also fed up when I cant eat such expensive veggies and fruits and they just became waste ifI dont eat them in a week. Foodsaver offers great products , will love to try them.

    • 11th November 2018 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you. I love mixing meals up a bit now 🙂

  5. 10th November 2018 / 12:37 am

    I have seen these before. Sounds like they work well. I will have to check them out. #pocolo

    • 11th November 2018 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you. I am enjoying making my veggies last longer 🙂

  6. katykicker
    10th November 2018 / 7:21 am

    I love the idea of a food saver – also it would save so much room in my freezer!

  7. 10th November 2018 / 8:24 am

    What a fantastic idea! I’ve never seen this before. Also what a great idea to prepare your meals for the week. I always buy too much fresh stuff so this would be a great idea for me x

    • 11th November 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Thanks Donna. I packed up my cauliflower and broccoli 4 days ago and it was lovely and fresh for dinner today:)

  8. 10th November 2018 / 8:52 pm

    We are about to upgrade our fridge/freezer combo to get one that helps preserve food for longer. My daughter likes to take salads and fruit salads to school each day – but I run out of veggies and fruit as they all start to turn before the week has run out. So I REALLY like this gadgetry! I want a set!

  9. 12th November 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Oh my gosh I need these gadgets in my life! As a family we are awful for food waste and I throw away way to much food! Having this would certainly help!

    • 13th November 2018 / 10:18 am

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Jess 🙂

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