Brits waste £250m of food a week – here’s Jamie Oliver’s tips to eating it all

Collectively, UK households are binning 7 million tonnes of food every year – enough to completely fill two wheelie bins for each and every home in the country.

And that waste mountain is full of perfectly edible food that millions simply don't know they can eat, research from Hotpoint shows.

When asked, the majority of Brits (55%) didn't think you could eat potato peelings, even more people though stale bread was only good for the bin (61%) while almost half (47%) wrongly thought broccoli stems were inedible.

Ant it's not cheap either, with that food costing us £250 million overall.

So, to help people save money and cut back on waste, Hotpoint teamed up with Jamie Oliver to offer some recipe tips for food that might otherwise end up on the tip.

“We want to inspire everyone to reduce food waste," Jamie Oliver said.

"This year we’re all about celebrating every last little bit of veg and fruit: With my root-to-stem cooking hacks, it’s totally possible to create mouthwatering meals that are packed with flavour, and are waste-free, too. Win-win."

The new recipes include ideas for everything from broccoli stems, potato skins and even radish leaves.

There's Jamie's odds and ends Minestrone recipe, for example, uses up peelings, trimmings, tomato stalks cheese rind and more.

His root-to-stem risotto recipe finds a tasty way to employ things like peelings and broccoli stalks, while Jamie's squashed cauliflower cheese doesn't waste a bit of the vegetable it's based on.

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