All the taste without the waste

Why fresh thinking and clever cooking mean magical meals

(Image credit: Hotpoint)

Every cloud has a silver lining, so in 2020 we’ve had more time to cook up some great meals and brush up on our baking skills. It’s been a great way to reconnect with our loved ones, it’s been tons of fun and it’s been pretty tasty too – plus it turns out that we’ve also been helping the environment.

According to food waste watchers WRAP, consumers threw away 34% less of the most wasted foods during lockdown* as more and more of us made the most of the “forgotten foods” from our fridges and cupboards. That’s really good news, because food waste is a big problem in the UK: WRAP says that UK homes generate 6.5 million tonnes of food waste every year, costing each household a whopping £500 per year. 

Saving money by enjoying amazing meals is the kind of habit we’d like to keep going, and we’re going to do it with a little help from our friends at AO, Hotpoint and legendary chef Jamie Oliver.

Mouth-watering meals made easy

The way we cook really changed in 2020. Hotpoint surveyed people across the UK and found that 45% of us have been trying out new dishes at home, Almost 2 in five of us have been making healthier meals and over a third rediscovered our love of cooking. 

Hotpoint really want that love to last, and as part of their Fresh Thinking for Forgotten Food campaign they’ve teamed up with Jamie Oliver to produce a range of mouth-watering meals that are zero-waste and that also do amazing things with leftovers. Meals such as next-level Mac’n’Cheese, Leftover Chicken Curry, and a deliciously autumnal Odds & Ends Minestrone. They’re all incredibly tasty, incredibly nutritious and incredibly easy to make alongside Hotpoint’s range of intuitive built-in cooking appliances. 

Take Jamie’s Leftover Chicken Curry. With a Hotpoint ActiveCook induction hob you have the flexibility to alter the temperature of your cooking by simply moving the pan across the three cooking zones for low, medium and high temperatures.  And if like us you tend to splash sauce all over the place when you’re making or tasting it, you’ll love the way Hotpoint’s induction hobs deliver not just amazing cooking performance but incredibly quick and easy cleaning.

(Image credit: Hotpoint)

Even better baking

If you’ve ever been disappointed by an unexpectedly soggy bottom when baking you’ll know how important it is to have an oven that delivers consistently even cooking. Take Hotpoint’s Class 4 Single Oven, for example. It uses Hotpoint’s clever Multiflow technology to eradicate raw middles and banish burnt edges: by delivering constant, even heat to every corner of the oven so you can be confident of perfect results every time.

Making great food for the whole family is brilliant, of course, but what happens afterwards when it’s time to clean up? Hotpoint can help with that too. No matter what you’ve been braising or baking, a Hotpoint dishwasher will always give you sparkling results with the minimum of fuss.

A brilliant bargain

Fresh thinking about forgotten food will save you money, and you can save money on your super-efficient Hotpoint appliance too: for a limited period AO.com are offering half-price installation on selected Hotpoint cooking appliances, making them even better value for money. And if you buy them from AO you can be sure that you’re getting the very best price thanks to AO’s rock-solid price guarantee.

That’s not all. When you buy your Hotpoint appliance from AO there’s no need to waste a day hanging around for a courier: you can choose not only the delivery day but the time slot too. And as an AO customer you’ll benefit from superb customer service and the extra peace of mind of a 100-day return policy. Don’t just take our word for it: check out the 170,000-plus five-star reviews from delighted AO customers on TrustPilot.

To explore fresh thinking about forgotten food and discover how Hotpoint can make your meals even more amazing, check out the Hotpoint range at AO here.

* Top wasted foods – Potatoes, bread, chicken and milk.