Whether it’s an accompaniment to bangers or the topping for a shepherd’s pie, it can be easy to overestimate how much mash we need.
And that often means spoonfuls of that deliciously creamy stuff end up being scraped into the bin, contributing to the 5.8m potatoes wasted by UK households every day, according to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
Extra mash can be frozen in sealed bags or airtight containers. So, next time you whip up a batch, make extra and freeze in portions, ready for when you need it.
Don’t chuck those peelings, either. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and perhaps a little chilli and pop them in the oven to crisp up. Delicious for dipping.
Mash isn’t the only culprit when it comes to wasting potatoes. Spuds are often binned before they even meet the masher, because exposure to light can cause a chemical reaction, making them green and bitter tasting.
To avoid this happening Sainsbury’s has introduced 100 per cent opaque, but still breathable, packaging to protect potatoes and keep them in the dark they love.
So, rather then ending up in the bin, they can end up on your plate with some lovely browned sausages. And the last scoops of mash can be used in our delicious mashed potato bites. Watch the recipe here...
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