We have been the proud owners of a worm farm for over a year now. Sadly, last summer all of our worms died due to extreme heat, although at the time I thought I had taken all of the necessary precautions.
Mum kindly restocked our farm with worms during the winter and recently I have been working hard on reinvigorating our worm friends and their by-products for the garden. This new interest has also made me reflect on our food waste generally.
Leftover roast lamb goes into lamb fritters, meat pies, shepherd’s pie, yiros and sandwiches.
Leftover cooked vegetables get squashed into sandwiches, used in salads or chopped and put into fritters or frittata.
Leftover gravy also finds a home in meat pies or stews.
The small bits of pickles, sauces, mustard and marinades that get left in the bottom of jars are swished out with some water and use in stews, curries or gravy.
With leftover mashed vegetables, I make vegetable patties.
As a family, we are fortunate that most of us are home for lunch most days. This often means parts of previous meals are eaten again the next day.
Occasionally we kill some chooks and their bones go into stock. If I don’t have time to make stock immediately, I freeze the bones and make the stock at a later date. The rest of the time I make vegetable stock, using celery leaves and any other vegetable bits and pieces I can find.
Our sheep dogs get any meat scraps or pieces of trimmed fat.
Our chooks get any other food scraps, such as corn cobs, vegetable and fruit peel, excess sourdough starter and miscellaneous bits and pieces from the fridge.
Coming back to the worms. They dine on a chopped mixture of vegetable and fruit peel, tea bags, tea leaves, coffee grounds, egg shells and a little shredded paper. Once a week they also receive a shovel full of soil. My vegetables have been enjoying a weekly dose of worm tea and occasionally I collect their castings, dilute the dark sludge with water and put it on any vegetables that need a boost.
Following Celia’s recommendation I have purchased Save with Jamie . If you are interested in using up leftovers and cooking economically this book is attractive, fun and full of great recipes and information.
How do you deal with food waste and leftovers?
Are you a worm farmers too?
I hope you are having a lovely week blog friends!