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How to Make Scrap Apple Vinegar

One of the most used products in our house is vinegar, mostly white distilled vinegar. I use this for cleaning and as a fabric softener and I can buy in huge quantities which means it lasts for at least a year. It is not recommended to ingest white vinegar so I previously bought apple cider vinegar to add to cooking or take as a health supplement. You can make your own apple cider vinegar which you can use for all of the above. It is simple to make, low in waste and saves you money. Recipe: Peels and cores of minimum 5 apples. Enough water to cover the apple scraps. 1 tbsp of granulated sugar for every cup of water. A sterilised container (if you are not going to ingest the vinegar then no n

How to Reduce Waste During the Festive Season

Christmas can be a time of unnecessary waste. There are plastic decorations, wrapping paper, cards, unwanted gifts, not to mention the copious amounts of food waste. Below you'll find a few simple ways of reducing waste during this time. Lets start with decorations... Nature is a great source of inspiration for simple ornaments for the tree or around the house. I have used the cones above for nearly a decade. The extra treat is that they open up in the heat which results in a magical crackling in the house. Taking a nature walk and gathering fallen branches or pine trees is a great way of using what is free and everything can go back into the land when the season is over. I used the pine tre

Apple and Cranberry Crumble

There is nothing like a crumble over the winter time to feel all cosy and nourished. I am a fan of this delightful dish as it is quick to make and can feed plenty. This crumble was inspired by one of Deliciously Ella's recipes. I have changed a few ingredients and used ingredients that I could find in sustainable packaging or package free. Ingredients: 8 red apples ( I used cooking apples from the garden, but red apples are sweeter) 1/2 cup cranberries 1 tbsp maple syrup 2 cups nuts of choice. I used almonds, brazil and hazelnuts 2 cups oats 2 tsp ceylon cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground cloves ( or more if you like) 4 tbsp coconut oil melted 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract Method: Peel, cor


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