Monday, 30 March 2015

Love Food Hate Waste

In the UK we throw away 4.2 million tonnes of good food every year. The average family could save up to £700 per year by throwing away less food.

Every day in UK homes we throw away, equivalent to[1], approximately:
• 5.8 million whole potatoes
• 1.4 million whole bananas
• 1.5 million whole tomatoes
• 24 million whole slices of bread
• 1.5 million sausages
• 1.9 million slices of ham
• 1.1 million eggs
 
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 too.
Discover more at lovefoodhatewaste.com
 
. It pays to plan Plan meals in advance. This takes a little extra time up front, but not having to think of meals in the supermarket and then getting home and finding out you have bought loads but nothing that could be turned into a meal makes it all worthwhile. Check out our handy meal planner http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/content/two-week-menu to get you started. .
 
      Savvy storage Most of us think we know how to store food but this is often based on habit and not on what's best for our food. Most foods can be frozen for another time, and you can always freeze right up to the use-by date (when you need it just defrost overnight in the fridge and use within 24 hours). Ensure your vegetables are at their best for longer by keeping them in the fridge (except potatoes and onions); most veg will stay fresher for longer stored in the fridge in the pack or bag they came in. http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/content/storage-0 .
 
      Know your dates Don't forget to keep an eye on the use-by dates in your fridge too. Use up foods with the shortest dates first, and when shopping check to see if fresh foods can be frozen in case you don't get round to eating them over the week. Confusion over date labels is common – only 36% of us correctly understand the term ‘Use By’ and by getting dates in a muddle, we can easily end up throwing away food that is perfectly edible or eating food that is potentially unsafe. Best before dates are just for quality, so you can eat these foods after this date, they just may no longer be at their best. Use by dates are for safety so you can eat right up to the date or freeze for another time but don't eat past it. Ignore display until and sell-by dates - these are just for the shops and can be safely ignored.
 
Why not print off our easy date label infographic as a reminder? http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/content/date-labels-infographic .
 
      Perfect portions It's easy to cook too much pasta and rice, but Love Food Hate Waste can help with a clever portion calculator which takes away the guess work on quantities when you're cooking for family and friends. And everyday kitchen equipment can help prepare perfect portions: An average size mug is great for measuring uncooked rice. One adult portion is about a quarter of a mug. A tablespoon is great for measuring portions of beans, lentils and dried fruit. Weighing scales help with measuring everyday portions. .
 
      Lovely leftovers Get creative! If you're struggling for inspiration when it comes to dinner, why not get creative? Leftover sauces, herbs and spices often combine to make a tasty meal or accompaniment! Making use of what you already have will save you time and money too! Here are some ideas to get you started. Lots of foods are wasted in relatively small amounts but together they have a big impact, financially and environmentally!
 
 
This past week I have been trying to stick to these, to save money here is my tips -
 
Before you go shopping check your cupboards, fridge and freezer to see what meals, food is available.
 
Make sure you look online for items you can make using your left overs, or items found in the cupboard before hand, one of my favourite sites is - http://www.supercook.com/#/recipes/All%2520recipes 
 
Balance your money, and if possible by fruit and veg on offer, or even reduced (if stored in the fridge it will last longer)
 
make sure to use items that run out of "best before" or "use buy" first. ( Best before items are still edible a month or two after this date)
 
Here is the video of my week -
 
 
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I was sent a £30 Sainsbury's voucher to help me with this campaign