A staggering $2.6 billion is spent on fresh produce we throw out every year. Here's a new way to curb food waste.
Yes, that's right. Australians discard 20 per cent of the food they purchase each year. If you want to save your fresh produce, pickling and preserving is a simple solution to help prolong the shelf life of your veggies.
While it's become a bit of a trend in Aussie kitchens to pickle foods due to the probiotic benefits, preserving veggies is also a great way to reduce green waste and lower the weekly grocery budget.
But, is it difficult? Not with the new VAYA preserve stackable jars, which keep chutneys, spreads and spices as well as pickled vegetables sealed and safe. Here's everything you need to know...
How does the jar work?
VacuTherm technology and double-walled insulation ensures your food will stay fresh for longer, and airtight throughout the pickling process. VAYA uses BPA-free materials and these jars can also be used to store hot or cold foods, as they keep their temperature for up to six hours.
The eco impact
These jars are also kinder on the environment. “Just as all our products are designed to be kind to your wellbeing and wallet, they're also made to be kinder to the planet," says VAYA CEO Vashist Vasanthakumar.
"With every meal, you're saying no to throwaway plastics, and now with preserve we encourage people to use leftover vegetables by pickling and preserving them to have year-round,” he explains.
What can I preserve?
"You can preserve a range of veggies including cucumber, zucchini, capsicum, beetroot, cauliflower and carrot for up to one year," says Vashist.
"This method is great to get longevity from your home veggie patch or those leftovers from your weekly grocery shop. By naturally preserving at home you also avoid additives typically found in commercially processed pickled foods."
What do I need?
Aside from a preserve jar, you'll need just five ingredients to make your own pickled vegetables.
- 600g vegetables, chopped
- 2 ½ cups vinegar
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup sugar
- Herbs and spices of choice
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