I was shocked to read that we in the UK throw away
4.2 million tonnes of good food every year. The average family could
save up to £700 a year by throwing away less food.
EVERY DAY in UK Homes we thrown away the equivalent
·5.8 million potatoes
·1.4 million bananas
·1.5 million tomatoes
·24 million slices of bread *(judging by my house I thought
this may be more)
·1.5 million sausages
·1.9 million slices of ham
·1.1 million eggs
(this is equivalent too – as we are not throwing
away exactly that amount of eg potatoes but the weight of all the
avoidable potato waste thrown away is the equivalent of this amount.)
It Pays to Plan
To avoid waste and actually to get the best out of
your time we really do need to spend a short while planning our menu for
the week. Due to my health and my husbands work we have to keep our
planning rather flexible but if we know what we are going to be cooking
then we tend to do it – otherwise the food sits in the fridge unused and
we either end up with something on toast or frequenting a local fast
Of course it makes sense. If I buy a large amount
of mince for example I can divide it into the amounts I need for each
day, freezing extra for the next time.
By planning a meal you know quickly what to get out
of the freezer without pondering.
Planning is key for a healthy diet plan too.
Making sure you have enough to keep you going and not dipping into
things that you shouldn’t. It is amazing what can feel tempting when
there isn’t an alternative --- glace cherries, lemon curd, chocolate
spread to name but a few!!
I love my freezers. I have a nice storage of meals
available. Usually individually portioned as they are leftovers from
previous meals. They heat up just fine and its very handy when making
meals that not everyone likes.
If your potatoes are starting to look a little less
lush then get them boiling and mash them up. Store in freezer ready for
another day. Bingo.
My fridge houses my vegetables as they stay fresher
I check my planner and I can get my food from the
freezer the night before and defrost in the fridge at the bottom.
Bing, Bang, Bosh – dinner is served.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out on the dates of
products in your fridge though. If you have planned successfully then
hopefully this shouldn’t happen but sometimes the dates on foods are not
always as long as you hope. This can cause for a change on your
planner. Moving some meals around to ensure your food is being eaten
rather than thrown.
Do you know what a Use By Date really means? Don’t
worry only 36% of us do.
A best before date – is just there for quality.
You are safe to eat them after the date it just means they may not be at
Use by dates are for safety. You can eat right up
to the date or freezer for another time but do not eat it past the
Ignore Sell by and display until dates. – these
are just simply for the shops and are very safe to ignore.
We have all cooked too much rice and pasta haven’t
we. Its ok – can use it for lunch so that’s useful, However how often
does this not happen?
Did you know that an average size mug is great for
measuring uncooked rice. One adult portion is about a quarter of the
Use your scales. Getting portions right will help
your waistline and your budget.
Since my local council created a food waste
container that goes out each week I am fully aware of the food I dispose
of. More often or not it is bread. I have therefore started making a
conscious effort to collect the crusts and bits that don’t appear to be
used and I am saving them. My favourite way of keeping them is to make
them into breadcrumbs. This allows me to store the bag in the freezer
for a time when we need them for a recipe.
Please take a look at my recipe for Beef and Cheese
Crumble using these breadcrumbs and any leftover vegetables your family
Today I looked in my fridge and cupboards and saw
that I had some not so fresh broccoli to be used. We have rabbits that
adore their veg but they are clearly not going to eat this amount before
it needs to go so I made broccoli and cheese soup for lunch. Divine. I
first heard of this recipe when I was trying to lose weight (I know, I
have put it on again) I used this as a very filling staple for my lunch
Remember lots of foods are wasted in relatively
small amounts but together they have a huge impact, financially and
Love food hate waste aims to raise awareness of
the need to reduce food waste and help us take action. It shows that by
doing some easy practical everyday things in the home we can all waste
less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment