Every week Brits waste £494 million on food. This is an astonishing amount and our money is literally going into the bin.
It doesn’t need to be like that though. There are plenty of ways in which we can reduce food waste. Here are our top tips on how:
Cook less food
If you’re finding you’re getting a lot of leftovers, don’t throw them out, most foods are often freezable so pop them into a Tupperware box and put them into a freezer to use for lunches or dinners at a later date.
If you find there’s a common issue with your child not eating their food, start introducing smaller portions and build up the more they eat and grow.
Plan your food shops
Before you go shopping make a list of what you want to eat for the week. Only buy products that you need for those meals. This’ll stop you from buying unnecessary items that will most likely go to waste. We’d advise going shopping when you’re not hungry – when you’re hungry you’re most likely to buy things you don’t necessarily need.
Make use of those veggies
Did you know vegetables are the most thrown away item? If your vegetables are starting to wilt and look a little bit sad, you can soak them in ice cold water for 5-10 minutes to help revive them. Or if they are past reviving, you can always use them up in a soup. You can also do the same for fruit that is starting to go past its use by date, pop them into a smoothie to avoid waste.
Alternatively you can buy frozen vegetables to keep in your freezer instead of fresh veg.
Check the use by date
When you return from your food shop, put items that need eating first at the front of the fridge so you don’t forget about them. Also check all of the sell by dates on your food and create meals from the ones that will go out of date first.
If you follow the above then you’re most certainly well on your way to leading a waste free life. It doesn’t stop there either, you can find out how to create waste free lunches here.