Join our fight against food waste

Join our fight against food waste

Recent figures from WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) highlight the details of household food waste in the UK in 2015.  By far the highest percentage, over 40%, was food thrown away because it had either gone off or past the use by or best before date on the packaging.

There are likely to be a number of reasons for this, but here are a few useful strategies to prevent this waste:

Do you buy too much food?

Buying too much food…

Planning a menu for the week and making a list is essential and will also save money.  Shops frequently promote BOGOF deals (Buy One Get One Free) and it is easy to be tempted by them.  Other tempting offers will be the ‘loss leaders’ where a number of products will be considerably marked down in price, generally close to the store entrance, to attract your immediate attention.  Are these items actually on your list? Will you definitely use them? Do you need to change your plans/list to accommodate them?

Best before dates and use by dates; has it gone off or has it passed the use by date on the packaging?

Not used in time; either gone off or past the date on the packaging…

Being tempted by BOGOFs and loss leaders are likely ways whereby items go out of date before they are eaten.  Secondly, a ‘spur of the moment’ purchase may turn out to be an item that is not very popular with the family and therefore gets wasted.  It is therefore essential to consider all offers and whether they will definitely be used within time and are those items enjoyed by those you are feeding.

Having an over-filled and chaotic fridge is another way whereby food can go out of date as it may be hidden at the back and out of sight. You know what they say, out of sight, out of mind. Try to organise your fridge and review its contents regularly to make sure that you eat your food before it goes to waste.

Don’t throw it away, get creative with Leftover Food

Too much food leftover after preparation or serving…

Leftovers are often seen as a problem but actually they should be seen as a useful resource.  There are many recipes on line which can help in this regard and some of these will be highlighted in future blogs.  Additionally, many items can be frozen, some of which are not commonly known, and these too will be featured in future blogs.

Why not have a leftover night where the family enjoy cooking together, looking up exciting new recipes to use up those leftover items and tickle those tastebuds!