We all know energy efficient lightbulbs can save us money, we all know that walking to work is not only better for our health, but it’s great for our pocket and the environment too, but did you know that mashed potato could save you pounds and make your world greener?
Really? Oh yes!
Just by following these super easy green tips, not only will you make the most delicious mashed potato (mmmm!), you can also support your local producers (hurrah), save money on your grocery bills, reduce food waste, cut down on your energy bills, feed your garden and give yourself some time off cooking (triple woop!).
Sounds too good to be true, here’s how:
1. Buy local
Farm shops are fantastic places for buying good quality, affordable vegetables. By purchasing direct not only are you supporting your local producers, you know exactly where your food is coming from, you are reducing its carbon footprint plus you can often bag yourself a bargain.
2. Buy in bulk
Buying a sack of potatoes, instead of a 5lb bag or 4 packs of potatoes, can save you pounds (I recently purchased a 25kg sack of potatoes for just £6). Add on the saving you’ll make by reducing several trips to the supermarket and you’ll have saved a substantial amount.
3. Store for more
To ensure there’s no waste, it’s important that you store your spuds correctly, the ideal storage is in a cool, dark place (although not the fridge). Another great tip to keep your potatoes fresher for longer is to pop an apple in the sack, this can keep them fresh for up to 8 weeks.
4. Sinking peeling
Don’t pour money down the drain when peeling your potatoes, rather than peel under a running tap, just fill up a bowl of water and peel away. Once they’ll all peeled, pop them in a colander, then give them a quick rinse under the tap which is placed over the bowl.
When you’ve finished peeling, resist tipping the soiled water down the drain, simply take it out to your garden and water your plants – make sure you remove the peelings first though.
6. Peel the love
Now you’ve watered the garden, it’s time to feed it and what could be better to add to your compost heap that a generous helping of potato peelings. Turning inexpensive kitchen waste into valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden, composting is an easy green dream.
7. No toil boil
An easy way to save money on your energy bills is to boil the exact amount of water you need to cook your potatoes in a kettle first. This will keep cooking times (and energy usage) down to a minimum.
8. Get steaming
To further reduce the cooking time and energy used, cook your potatoes in a steamer with some accompanying vegetables. To reduce heat loss and speed up the cooking, keep the lid on throughout.
9. Portion control
Over preparing and cooking not only leads to an expanding waistline, but it also increases edible food waste and is a waste of money too. By preparing and cooking only what you’ll eat will help you keep track of your calories, plus it’ll also save you money and waste too. Not sure what is considered a perfect portion size of potatoes, a clenched fist is the recommended portion size for vegetables.
10. Love your leftovers
If you have overcooked, rather than throw it away, simply put any leftovers into reusable food containers and freeze. That way when you fancy a night off cooking but still want something homemade – simply, defrost in the microwave and voila – a delicious serving of marvellous mash in minutes.
So there you have it, the humble mash potato can help you save the world, oh well, perhaps not save the world, but it’ll certainly help you save a little time, money and waste.
If you’ve got any other spud-taculor potato tips (or should I say chips), do let me know, I’d love to hear them. Until next time, later potato!