Whatever food you love, we can help you waste less, save the environment and up to £50 a month
In the UK we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year. Much of the food we waste ends up in landfill where it rots and releases methane, a damaging greenhouse gas. If we stopped throwing away food that could be eaten it would save as much carbon as taking 1 in 5 cars of UK roads.
Over a month the average family throws away up to £50 of food. The good news is we can all do something about it.
Here are some quick and easy ways to make the most of your food
It pays to plan
Planning your meals is one of the best ways to cut food waste. Before you go shopping check what’s in your fridge, cupboard and freezer. Write a list before you go out and stick to it – it can save time and money.
Know your Dates
The ‘use by’ date is key in terms of food safety. Never eat food after this date. ‘Best before’ dates refer to quality rather than food safety. One exception is eggs – never eat eggs after the ‘best before’ date.
Getting to know your freezer
You don’t have to freeze food on the day you buy it – you can freeze it before the ’use by’ date then defrost and use within 24 hours.
Always follow storage guidance on food packs to enjoy your food at its best
Make sure you use the right portions. An averaged sized mug is great for measuring uncooked rice – one adult portion is about a quarter of a mug. Don’t worry if you cook too much food, you can freeze leftovers or eat them for lunch the next day.
Make the most of the food you buy
Fruit and Veg
Store fruit (except bananas and pineapples) and vegetables (except potatoes and onions) in the fridge to keep fresher for longer.
Stuck for ideas? Even tired veg is great in a stir fry, soup, smoothie, sauce or casserole. Over ripe fruit in a smoothie.
Don’t put your bread in the fridge as it’ll go stale more quickly. Keep it in a cool, dark place instead.
Bread keeps well in the freezer. To toast it simply pop a frozen slice directly into the toaster for a little longer than usual.
Cheese Freezes well if you grate it first. Then it can be used straight from frozen for omelettes and toppings on meals like shepherd’s pie.
You can also freeze yoghurt. When it’s defrosted it’s perfect in smoothies.
Homemade meals, ready meals, meat and fish
These are suitable for home freezing.
If your plans change and you can’t eat them fresh, simply pop them in the freezer before the ‘use by’ date. Once defrosted, use within 24 hours.