You may think that you are careful with food?
But in the UK we throw away 7,200,000 tonnes of food and drink every year!
It works out to about £470 per household a year or 6 meals a week or 22% of everything we buy. (source: www.wrap.org.uk) – If you would like to save some of that money, here are 10 easy ways to reduce food waste :
- Apart from eggs, all food can be eaten beyond BEST BEFORE. You should not use food that is beyond the USE BY date.
- Write a List! – Menu plan for the week and check what you have already got. Just buy the extras and stick to your list. Do not buy food you do not need.
- Watch your fridge – Make sure your fridge is working at 1 to 5 degrees centigrade for maximun freshness
- Do not throw it away – Use fruit as smoothies and turn vegetables into soup
- Use leftovers – Do not scrape them into the bin – add to pasta or use as a base for pot meals
- Rotate – Put new food in the back of the cupboard or fridge and bring the older items forward
- Serve small amounts – Come back for more if the plate is cleared and always cool what is left for another day
- Buy just what you need – Buy loose instead of prepacked
- Freeze – Batch cooked foods so you have meals ready when you are too tired to cook
- Turn it into garden food – Some waste, like peelings, is unavoidable. Set up a compost for your plants or garden