According to Love Food Hate Waste, around 15 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year in the UK, with almost 50% of this coming from our homes. Not only is this a costly exercise but it also has an impact on our environment. Here are our top three appliances to help keep your food waste to a minimum at home.
Fresh food is an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet but not everyone has the time to shop every day. Fridges with Miele’s innovative PerfectFresh Pro compartments will help keep your fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and dairy fresh for considerably longer than a conventional refrigerator while retaining flavour and vitamins.
The temperature in a Miele PerfectFresh Pro zone is maintained automatically between 0° and 3°C. Lower than a standard refrigerator, this is the optimum temperature range for storing fresh food which is not sensitive to cold such as pineapples and avocados, as the deterioration process is decelerated. The humidity level in the PerfectFresh Pro zone can also be regulated to suit the food you are storing symbolised by one, two or three drops on the compartment lids. Food retains its own moisture if stored at a higher humidity and so does not dry out as quickly. This allows it to stay crisp and fresh for longer.
There are two compartments for you to choose from. The top dry compartment is ideal for storing wrapped fish, meat and dairy produce thanks to a temperature range of 0°- 3°C with the humidity level not increased. The bottom compartment is great for fruits and vegetables with the humidity increased to ensure that they remain fresh. Always take food out of the PerfectFresh Pro zone around 30 to 60 minutes before you use it, as the aroma and taste do not fully develop until food has reached room temperature.
Depending on the initial condition of your food, vacuum sealing can extend its shelf life between three and five times, which is great when preparing dishes in advance or batch cooking. Portion control is essential for reducing food waste and the Miele Sous Vide Vacuum Sealing Drawer allows you to purchase in bulk but separate produce so nothing is wasted.
When it comes to freezing food, vacuum sealing can help to eliminate freezer burn and increase storage space by removing bulky original packaging. Never go to the larder again and throw away a soggy packet of biscuits or half eaten bag of crisps, simply reseal them in their original packaging or tip them into a vacuum bag with the air removed to preserve the essential crunch. Jars can also be placed in the drawer to replace the pop so there is no need to throw them away after a couple of days’ use.
You might think steam ovens are just great for delicately cooking dishes to perfection and you wouldn’t be wrong, but did you know that they can also be used for preserving fruits and vegetables as well as blanching food before freezing to help retain the quality and nutrients? And that’s not all! Miele Steam Ovens can also be used to gently defrost frozen food, prove dough, extract juice, melt chocolate, reheat cooked food, make yoghurt, sterilise baby bottles and, thanks to a dedicated Sous Vide programme, slow cook food in vacuum packaging without the need for a water bath, perfect for succulent 24-hour pulled pork.