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Posted 11 October 2022

Too Good To Waste 5kg Veg boxes - £1.50 @ LIDL

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With Grocery inflation nearing 14% and households facing £643 hike to average annual bill, these are very good value for the money. They're instore daily but stock levels can vary. Hopefully it'll help you keep costs down.

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We all have a responsibility to reduce our food waste, and that’s precisely what our Too Good To Waste boxes are all about. From potatoes to tomatoes, these boxes are filled with fruit and vegetables which are still good to use, but would have otherwise been thrown away.

For just £1.50 for a 5kg box, you can find these boxes by the checkout area, subject to availability.

Aubergines work well in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern recipes, so taste great with tomatoes, lemon, oregano, cumin or fresh parsley. Cut the stalk off the aubergine but you can leave the skin on.

Store it: Aubergines will keep in the vegetable drawer of the fridge for up to 4 days. Only chop your aubergine when you’re ready to cook with it to avoid the flesh browning.

Save it: Chop and roast the aubergine in a little oil, then leave to cool and freeze on a lined tray. Once frozen, tip into freezer bags and add handfuls to pasta sauces.

Serve it: Char the aubergines whole over the hob or on a barbecue and scoop out the flesh for a flavoursome dip with lemon, cumin and natural yoghurt.

More ideas to try: Enjoy a lower-carb take on moussaka with loaded aubergine boats.

Carrots are delicous eaten raw or cooked, and their slightly sweet flavour means they also work well in puddings and cakes. Wash ys our carrots well but don’t worry about peeling them – there are plenty of nutrients in the skins.

Store it: Unlike many vegetables, carrots can be stored in plastic and should be kept in the fridge where they should last at least a week. Don’t eat black carrots but limp carrots are fine to eat and still delicious in soups or dips!

Save it: Peel and finely dice with onion and celery, then freeze in bags for an instant ‘sofrito mix’ for pasta sauces, soups and stews.

Serve it: Add coarsely grated carrot to a stir-fry, or fry it on its own with lemon juice and cumin for a speedy side to curries or chilli.

More ideas to try: Simple carrot soup is made to taste really special by adding a drizzle of honey while they’re frying. Use up all your root veg in this delicious rosti, great to have for a filling brunch or tasty supper.

Onions are kitchen staples and, whether eaten hot or cold, can be counted on to add plenty of flavour. If you find preparing onions tricky, try not slicing all the way through when you chop across. This means you can cut the other way to ‘dice’ your onions into small pieces without the layers sliding apart!

Store it: Onions will keep for longer if they’re stored in a cool, dark place. Remove any plastic packaging and keep in a mesh bag somewhere dry.

Save it: Get your goggles out! Chop up all your onions and freeze in a bag or container. Use handfuls straight from the freezer when you’re cooking for a handy time saver.

Serve it: Fry finely sliced onions with a pinch of sugar, a splash of water and a dash or Worcestershire sauce until soft and golden. Add a spoonful of flour and a large mugful of stock to simmer into an onion gravy, or leave dry for the perfect topping for hotdogs!

More ideas to try: Swap your Sunday roast for pulled pork, slow-cooked in an onion-y broth.

Bananas taste sweeter as they become more ripe, so when you choose to eat yours is a matter of preference! Very soft or black bananas are better for baking with as they will mash more easily.

Store it: Keep your bananas somewhere cool and dark until ripe enough for your tastes, then you can pop them in the fridge to keep them going a little longer.

Save it: Slice your bananas and spread them across a lined baking tray with a squeeze of lemon juice. Cook in a low oven for 2 hours, or until crisp – perfect for lunchboxes!

Serve it: Use to add richness and texture to smoothies and overnight oats, or mix through hot custard for a nostalgic dessert.

More ideas to try: Freeze chopped banana overnight to make a playful, healthier spin on a sundae. Left your bananas to get a little too ripe? It’s the perfect time to make a batch of banana bread. Mashed banana is the perfect early weaning recipe. Try adding a little avocado too.

Lettuce Crisp, crunchy and refreshing, lettuce is lovely as a little extra greenery on the side of a main meal or as a low-carb alternative to wraps. It’s also one of the most commonly wasted foods as it seems to spoil so easily, but there are ways of keeping it at its best for a lot longer than you think.

Store it: Lettuce should be kept in the fridge and not pushed to the back where it might get too cool. To make it last a little longer, place a paper towel in the bag with your lettuce to absorb escaping moisture.

Save it: Limp lettuce and sad greens are simply dehydrated. Leave them to soak in cool water for 30 minutes to restore crispness for another few days.

Serve it: Embrace any wilting leaves with a warm salad – try cooked chicken, bacon and avocado tossed in French dressing, or tuna with boiled eggs and potatoes.

More ideas to try: Load up whole lettuce leaves with meat or rice and use in place of wraps.

Potatoes Baked, fried, mashed, boiled or roasted – there’s a way of cooking potatoes to suit almost every meal!

Store it: Keep potatoes in a cool, dark place. A paper bag or even your Too Good To Waste cardboard box if you have room would work well.

Save it: Next time you’re prepping your potatoes make a little extra to use them up. You could freeze chipped potatoes ready to bake straight from the freezer, or transform leftover mash into pie toppings or the foundations of fishcakes for a meal later in the week.

Serve it: Peel and boil your potatoes in salted water until soft, while gently frying chopping onions in butter in a separate pan. Drain and mash the potatoes, stir through the buttery onions and a handful of grated cheese, then scrape into an ovenproof dish. Top with more cheese and bake until golden, serving with sausages, peas or baked beans.

More ideas to try: Turn any leftover mash into fluffy potato pancakes for a filling brunch. Try a speedy spin on the classic French side dish alongside your next roast or casserole.

Peppers are easy to use up as they work well in so many ways, from raw strips in lunchboxes to a colourful extra in fajitas. Be careful removing the stem and seeds – it might be easier to halve the peppers before cutting these out.

Store it: Peppers are pretty hardy, and will keep for up to a couple of weeks in the vegetable drawer of your fridge.

Save it: While you can chop and freeze peppers raw, peppers do last a long time in the fridge and are still fine to eat when they start to wrinkle and soften. At this point they’d taste better cooked rather than eaten raw.

Serve it: Lots of leftovers? Cut the stems and seeds out of peppers and roast whole in the oven, then fill with whatever you have to use up, such as Bolognese, risotto, curry or cooked rice. Add some grated cheese, then wrap in foil and roast for another 15 minutes.

More ideas to try: Roast chopped peppers with sweet potato, courgette and any other veg you have lurking in your fridge and use to top a tasty pastry tart.

Tomatoes form the base for so many different types of sauces from all over the world, from spicy curries to simple soups. If you have plenty of fresh tomatoes you can use these in place of tinned to make a sauce – blitzing the sauce with a hand blender will make the texture nice and smooth and you shouldn’t need to worry about peeling your tomatoes.

Store it: While it’s tempting to keep them in the fridge, tomatoes are actually best stored at room temperature until they’re very ripe.

Save it: Make a simple chutney to keep handy in the fridge by simmering tomatoes and onions with balsamic vinegar and a pinch of brown sugar.

Serve it: Slice or roughly chop your tomatoes, tip into a bowl and season with a pinch of salt. Leave for 10 minutes or so, and the salt will work wonders at bringing the flavour out of your tomato salad. If you have any, you can make it taste even better by adding black pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar or fresh basil leaves before serving (it’ll be delicious piled on toasted crunchy bread!).

More ideas to try: Transform tomatoes into a tangy salsa dip for fishcakes. Swap fresh chopped tomatoes for tinned in this delicious baked eggs recipe.

Avocados traditionally come from Central and South America, meaning their flavour works well with chilli, lime and coriander. They’ve become very popular in the UK for their vibrant colour and smooth texture, and are a useful ingredient in vegan cooking (adding creaminess without dairy).

Store it: Keep avocados at room temperature, especially if they feel hard (ripe avocados will feel soft when you squeeze them).

Save it: Don't throw out the stone! If you’re only using half your avocado keep the stone in the other side and store it in the fridge to stop it going brown.

Serve it: Avocado is a delicious addition to salads or mashed into a dip with tortilla chips. Of course, avocado on toast has also become a brunch classic over recent years! Mash your avocado with lemon or lime juice, a little bit of oil and some salt and pepper. Spread over toast and top with a fried egg and, if you like, a pinch of chilli flakes.

More ideas to try: Whizz your avocado into a creamy vegan salad dressing. Try something new and bake your avocado with an egg cracked into the middle for an unusual brunch dish.

Chillies add a lovely warmth to a dish, which can cross over into hotness depending on how much you add! Removing the seeds of a chilli before using will reduce a lot of the heat – just make sure you wash your hands carefully afterwards and take care not to rub your eyes!

Store it: Chillies should be kept in the vegetable drawer of your fridge. To make them last a little longer you can remove the stalks before chilling – simply tug them out by hand.

Save it: Using a needle and thread, carefully loop the chilli stalks together and leave to dry in a warm, dry place (a sunny windowsill would work well). Dried chillies should feel papery, and are delicious popped whole into stews or crumbled over meals as a garnish.

Serve it: Fry chopped chilli and garlic in plenty of oil for a couple of minutes and toss through cooked spaghetti. Top with a handful of green salad for a budget-friendly Italian meal!

More ideas to try: Add fresh chilli for extra kick to an Asian-inspired dressing, perfect for stir-fries or noodle salads.

Oranges Intensely refreshing, oranges are one of the sweeter types of citrus fruits. Orange wedges make a refreshing lunchbox snack, particularly during the warmer months, but there’s also plenty to do with the outside of the orange and the delicious juice within it.

Store it: Oranges can be kept in the fridge or stored at room temperature, just make sure they are dry and kept loose.

Save it: Grate the orange zest (taking care only to grate the orange layer and not the bitter white ‘pith’) squeeze out the juice. Mix together and freeze in ice lolly moulds or use an ice cube tray to make little lolly sweets!

Serve it: Add a wedge as a garnish for gin and tonic, or remove the skin from the segments and chop through a chicken salad with coriander and chilli.

More ideas to try: Use both the zest and juice of an orange to add moisture to a fruit cake.
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    We usually grab a couple of these for the chickens. Our local does 10p bread too which is good for the garden birds.
    I don't think bread is good for birds
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    I have been buying these for ages. There is a short window in which to use the veg- especially lettuces. But if you come home and cook them straight away it’s amazing value. Cabbages, melons, apples last the longest. I bake muffins or make ice cream with bananas. Hugh Fernley Whittingstall lettuce tart, sorbets with mangoes, freeze potatoes as chips, bake and marinade peppers and store them in jars, bake and store beetroot in vinegar. I.e, when you get your box home start cooking!
    what times/days do you go to find these in stock and in good quality?

    not had much luck despite trying a couple of store
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    Annoying this morning and previous visits as i'm queuing I see a person in front who has purchased one add more items from other boxes so the other boxes are half filled. They need to be before the tills or in a better location in the shop.
    That's theft!
  4. Avatar
    China has 25x (yes twenty five times) the number of people that England has.
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    I looked at these and didnt bother, some have mouldy veg in them when i checked them out
    Most the stuff that's supposed to be fresh is mouldy or if not within a day of purchase at my local
  6. Avatar
    did above say "short window on the veg" Lidles famous for its short window on full price veg...its often starting to rot after a day or two
    Especially Parsnips, only good for making Parsnip wine.
  7. Avatar
    I try and grab one when i am in, yes you sometimes get a bash on a bit of fruit but usually they are pretty good value
  8. Avatar
    Why is this a deal, they have sold these for almost 2 years now?
  9. Avatar
    Great let’s applaud them for not throwing away what been thrown away for years
  10. Avatar
    Some time good things some time no good
  11. Avatar
    complete waste of money in my opinion unless you’re going to use it all that very day
  12. Avatar
    You can get this stuff free. Just sign up to Olio. We collect in our area and get loads of stuff and people collect it. You can keep 10% too. Dont think we have bought a loaf of bread in 5 years

    You can get this stuff free. Just sign up to Olio. We collect in our area and get loads of stuff and people collect it. You can keep 10% too. Dont think we have bought a loaf of bread in 5 years. (edited)
    I love Olio. But there isn't always people collecting stuff... and I'm not going 1km at 9pm to get some free potatoes 😄 But really nice site.

    Do they ever collect from Lidl (since this page mentions Lidl) - ours is Tesco, Iceland or Pret as standard.
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    Always crap in my local
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    For anyone wondering how these work. They're not a guaranteed thing or anything. The stores make them up from anything they can't sell normally (either past their best, packaging has been opened, one inside the package has gone off, etc). Usually the best time would be first thing in the morning but it may vary per store as to when they're able to do them, and of course not guaranteed every day, it will depend what was available, if they've had time, etc. etc.
    So, many variables on what/when they'll be available, but they're usually pretty good. If the stuff is already gone off etc let someone know and I'm sure they'll sort it.
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    Hi,I always found there fruit/veg never last very long
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    Bless them, it’s a great idea in theory but in reality even when I buy their “standard” fruit and veg, I’m lucky if it lasts a couple of days before it’s seen it’s best.
  17. Avatar
    So i can pay £1.50 and bin the contents at home lol.
  18. Avatar
    Good deal when some shops charge a pound for one cauliflower.
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    When is the best time to go in to get one? seems to be a hit and miss in my local.
    between 9 and 10am with me but i guess it goes by when they get the new delivery in with you
  20. Avatar
    They're not perfect, but they're worth it
  21. Avatar
    Good post "waste not want not"
  22. Avatar
    Unfortunately Lidl fruit & veg varies in quality, even when it is meant to be fresh, I shop there a lot.
  23. Avatar
    Lidl quality can be iffy, but these are a bargain if you get a good one. Watch out for the fruit flies.
  24. Avatar
    Good idea from a recycling viewpoint but as stated most of Lidl fruit and veg is of a low standard.
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    Rarely seen one worth 15p let alone £1.50.
    I'm not even picky about how rough fruit and vegetables look and almost exclusively buy reduced to clear food
  26. Avatar
    Could we edit the title to read KG not GK
    Typo, cheers!
  27. Avatar
    Check them well, they definately struggle due to Brexit as most of fruits and veg are rotten or mouldy.
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    Is there Any specific time they have these boxes? Like 1 hour before closing etc...?
    In the morning usually there's only about 4(ish) boxes after the tills same goes for the 30% reductions in fresh food like meat/ready meals. Recently i've hardly seen much reduced items in Lidl maybe because they go so quickly.
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    Fantastic! Nice to see a big company actually helping!
    They’ve been doing these for years. They’re not helping they’re just trying to sell fruit and veg that’s often fit for the bin. 
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    In our local we have been at 7pm and some of these boxes are still there. A lot of the items are bruised or mouldy and some are only half boxes left where other people have taken from one box to add to theirs. Sometimes flies on as well.
    Welcome to the Brexit
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    I hope you like swede.
    50% of box contents are usually this. It's like the squashes ugly sister.
  32. Avatar
    Been this price for months, nothing new here.
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    Hit and miss with these,i stumbled on this offer a few months ago and have been lucky to of got a box at this price twice.Both times FILLED with fruit / Veg etc all perfectly edible and fantastic value.Since then i've had no sight of them.Easy Hot vote.
    Just come back to say whilst it says 5Kg the boxes i have had have just been filled up to the brim. (edited)
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    I've wanted to try this, but the (very few) times I've seen it, the boxes are in no way 5kg... At a push, just over 2kg Maybe I'm just seeing the rubbishy "last ones" they have... boxes weren't full, one had 4-5 packs of spring onions (good if you want it maybe) and 5 potatoes, and some random green "thing" that may have been a veg of some sort?
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    You would be hard pressed to find anything like this in Telford! Probably sold as soon as the staff bring the boxes out!
    before covid i used to pick up charity donations from 2 of the aldi telford stores for a charity cafe ..all the stuff was fresh/useable and what couldnt be used by the cafe was shared elsewhere
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    Really good idea. 
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    i saw a box - just full of lettuce. no other vegetable or fruit in sight. Not very good at all
    I saw one and the stuff at the top was all covered in mould God knows what the stuff at the bottom was like
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    Just cut off the mould. Seriously.
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    Cheap eh just used up spare veg making a soup it's in slow cooker now
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    I might give this a go. Use the veg for stock and freeze it then the fruit for a smoothie or lollies and freeze them.