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Food hacks to save you money

By bzdani 16 Aug 2017

While at uni, there will be times when you look in the cupboard and find the food you bought last week isn't so fresh anymore.

The good news is you don’t have to throw it away!

Check out these quick and easy tips that will revive your food and save you money throughout uni! 

  • Tomatoes 
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    Even when kept in the fridge, tomatoes will eventually become soft and squishy after a while, which will leave them all mushy inside - ew. Instead of just throwing them away, blend them together and make soup. As they say, when life gives you tomatoes, make tomato soup...
  • Bananas 
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    A simple solution to save a sorry looking banana is to peel, slice and freeze the banana for a quick and healthy snack! An alternative is to whack the bananas with some milk into a blender and make a smoothie.
  • Veg 
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    By the end of the week, you will probably find that there is leftover veg hanging around your cupboard and fridge just taking up space. Instead of waiting for it to go off or chucking them in the bin, how about chopping them up and throwing them into an omelette, stir-fry or make a delicious, hearty stew?
  • Bread
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    There's always that stale end of a loaf or lonesome bun that has been left in the bottom of the packet. You can use it to make croutons or bring it back to life by blitzing it into breadcrumbs, adding some herbs or chili flakes then sprinkle over a piece of meat or fish and bake- delicious! 
  • Potatoes 
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    A tell-tale sign that your spuds are reaching their last days is when they begin to sprout. At this stage you should cut the potato into wedges, cover in olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper and cook in the oven until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
  • Cheese 
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    A simple way to keep cheese fresh so your housemates don’t complain about the smell in the fridge is to grate it, put into a freezer bag and freeze it. This makes it easier to grate over your baked potato, omelette or on top of your pasta! 

TOP TIP: to prevent finding yourself with bits and bobs of food lying around, an easier and cheaper way is to only buy what you need, rather than buy in bulk. A great way to do this is by buying single ingredients from a small grocer rather than buying larger quantities from a supermarket.

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