If you’re new to lessening your waste in the kitchen, breakfast is a great meal to start with. You can pick up oats package-free in all zero-waste shops and in the bulk food sections of health food stores. If these aren’t available to you, then you can often find oats just in a paper bag (Waitrose have these) or in a cardboard box (Quaker). Alternatively, if you get through a lot of oats, it may be worth ordering a large 20-25kg sack of oats online, especially if you don’t have access to loose oats. Once you have your oats, you’re ready to make breakfast.
First, you’ll need some milk. Put one cup of oats into a blender with three cups of water. Blend for a minute or two. Place a nut milk bag or a muslin cloth into a 500ml jug and pour in the oat milk. Use your hands to milk out as much liquid as you can. You have milk.
Keep the oat pulp from the nut milk bag to use to make cookies, or add it into your bircher or porridge. No food waste, and no lost nutrition!
To make bircher, simply add some more of your oats (I recommend porridge oats for quick-absorption) to a bowl along with any finely chopped fruit you have to hand (or grated apple and dried sultanas is another great option), stir in any nuts and seeds you’ve managed to find package free or in bulk. Then, pour over just enough of your oat milk to cover the muesli mix. Leave to sit for ten minutes while you pop in the shower, then it’s ready to eat. This one is great for on-the-go, too.
To make porridge, put some oats in a pan on the hob and pour in a generous amount of oat milk along with a pinch of cinnamon and some grated apple. Stir often until it’s reached the consistency you like. Top with your favourite toppings to serve.