Sophie’s on a budget!

 

 

Aaaahhh!!! I did it! A video! I made peace with my belly, double chin and back folds and did it.

This vid is an introduction to me and what I plan to do.

It was a lot of fun teaming up with @tisha_the_brave who created the storyboard, took the shots, edited and uploaded.

She was so amazing, patient and gracious! She even listened to my iffy ideas! ?

You can watch the full video here:

We hope this will be only the beginning and we will create more content that will help alleviate some of the struggles that many parents go through trying keep their families safe and well looked after.

#uikitchen #foodography #foodiegram #foodism #foodie #fightpoverty #foodvlogger #foodblogger #instafood #instagood

Ratio, Ratio, Ratio

So you have a recipe but you don’t have enough of one ingredient. What do you do? Give up and go to bed. Nooooo! Don’t be silly!

Finding out the ratio of ingredients, especially for a tried and trusted recipe, is crucial!

Remember those Maths lessons you hated so much and said you would never use in real life???  Well,  they are back to haunt you.  Maths! Maths is the answer!

Let’s do this!

The recipe calls for:

180g of Egg Whites

300g of Sugar

240g of Icing Sugar

But you only have 112g of Egg whites.  How do you work out how much sugar and icing sugar you need for 112g of egg whites?

To find out how much sugar you need, you will need to divide 300g (the amount sugar the recipe calls for) with 180g (the amount of egg whites the recipe calls for. The answer would be 1.666666666666667!  Now multiply that number by the actual amount of egg whites, which in this scenario is 112g, and you get 186.6666666666667.  Now unless you have some super-super accurate digital scales, you will obviously round up to the nearest gram, which in the this case is 187g of sugar.

You would need to do this calculation for each ingredient.

Now, I am rubbish with algebra and formulas. I barely passed my GCSE Maths with a C!! But I think the formula would look something like this:

(A➗B) ✖️C= D

I can see Mathematicians laughing hysterically at this formula.  But hey, it works for me.

A = weight of the other ingredients

B = The required weight of the ingredient you don’t have enough of

C = The actual weight of the ingredient you don’t have enough of!

D = The amount you need of the other ingredients for the amount you actual have of the ingredient you don’t have enough of!!

Got it?? No??!  Oh well, I tried.

Best before, use by, sell by…..What’s the difference?

It’s amazing how much food is thrown away based on two little words. We’re going to learn the difference between the two and it won’t take long. Lol!

 

“Best Before”

You usually see this on things like eggs, can or frozen goods or some fruit and veg. It means that before the date shown the product is at it’s best. It can still be consumed after this date. And generally you’ll know when the produce has gone off by the mould and pongy smell.

IMG_6019

 

**Baking tip for eggs! If you bake regularly, don’t keep your eggs in the fridge. Keep them out so that they are always at room temperature, the best temp for baking. They will still last long as long as there are no cracks in the shell.**
Use By” or “End Off”

Now this is the label you really need to look out for. This means that the food should not be consumed after this date. But, in saying that, I have seen foods with this label that did not go bad after the date given. Food companies usually give a couple of days leighway just to be safe. But if you are able to tell when food has gone bad or not then trust your own judgement and waste your food just because the label tells you to.

IMG_6022

 

 

“Sell by Date”

So really, what does this even mean? To be honest, not much. This label isn’t really for us. It’s for the vendor who is selling the product. It actually tells us very little about the “Use by” date of the product. So please don’t go throwing away food because of this pretty useless label. Use your judgement, give it a prod, smell it, investigate the product before deciding to throw it away.  It is strange, however, that when referring to the use by date we tend to say Sell By date!

I didn’t seem to have anything in the house with a “Sell by” date label. So no pics!

 

So that’s it. I told you it wouldn’t take long!

Understanding these labels will not only save you money, and keep your bins emptier, it goes a long way to reducing food waste, which, in a world where there are so many without food, is extremely important.

We produce and waste too much food. Food that could feed so many people who are going without as we speak.

If you are interested in preventing excessive food waste then you may want to download Olio. It is a food sharing app, where you can give away good food that would otherwise go to waste! (Disclaimer: I’m not getting paid for that little plug! Lol!)

You may also want to join The Gleaning Network. The Gleaning Network is an organisation that coordinates between farms and volunteers to harvest produce that would other get burnt to the ground or wasted due to cancelled contracts between vendors and farmers. Contracts can be cancelled for something as silly as The apples are too big or the carrots are too knobbly!

Once the foods have been harvested, it is then distributed to charities and organisations that need the food, mainly to feed the homeless and low or no income families.

I hope this post has been helpful. If you have any more ideas on wasting less food please comment below!