Big over-sized food portions and fussy kids mean that the average family is binning a third of a ton of wasted food each year, a new study has found!
To help families cut their food waste, slim their bins and also try and save some money, here’s some easy ways that your family can try and cut food waste:
Check the cupboards: So many families will go out and buy fresh food without checking the fridge or freezer. Make time to write down absolutely everything you have in cupboards/freezers and stick it on the fridge – be creative and try and use these up before buying more!
Menu Plan: Once you know what food is in your cupboards write a weekly meal plan each week – with a list of the extras you need to buy.
Stick to your list: Don’t be tempted by offers or pester power and try to stick to your list! Also don’t shop when you’re hungry and if you have the luxury of shopping without the kids then do it!
Recycle leftovers: Instead of throwing everything away, use up extra meals or ingredients for packed lunches or tomorrow’s menu. Extra veg from a roast can go into a soup, extra rice can be fried for a stir fry or stale bread can be made into croutons for example.
Love your freezer: Foods that go off quickly like fruits or bread can be frozen so you can only take out a few slices to defrost when you need them. Cook big batches of meals too and take them out each morning ready for that night’s meal.
Use every last bit: The perfect way to use up last bits of wine or fruit juices is to pour into ice cube trays and freeze. You can then add a bit of lemon juice or a cube of red wine into a stock or sauce.
Use smaller portions: A bit of a no-brainer, but putting one less spoon on everyone’s plate will make a difference. You can either let everyone help themselves for seconds or recycle leftovers, but eventually if you’re cooking and eating less you’ll be buying less.
Keep a food waste diary: Keep a list on the fridge of what food you’ve thrown away and why. Eventually you’ll see patterns and can change your shopping habits. It will also make you think twice about throwing things away if you have to admit to it!