How to Reduce Food Waste in Your Home
1. Create a Shopping List You Can Stick To
2. Make Your Own Lunches and Take Lunches with You to Work or School (or any other place you’ll be away from home)
3. Plan Ahead of Time for Dinner and Make a Meal Plan Ahead of Time
4. Buy Food on Sale and Freeze What You Don’t Need for Later Use
We are all well aware of how much we waste food in the Uk and we would all love to save some money. Maybe you have a Holiday to plan in the future or a special home project we would love to save some cash for a rainly day. Whatever that may be its probably time to re-set and take a look at what we waste. Healthy Eating is so important but we buy with good intentions then waste it.
I know personally I need to cut my food waste. Having 2 teenagers at home who open packets etc without checking if theres another packet thats about to go out of date first, Annoying isn’t it?
The amount of food that is wasted in the UK is staggering. Around 30% of food goes to waste.
In the UK, around 30% of food ends up being thrown out because it is not eaten. That means that around 133 billion pounds worth of food ends up in the Waste every year.
Food waste is a major problem. The UN estimates that each year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted. This equals to about one third of the total food produced in the world. Food waste can be reduced by simply changing our habits and behaviors when it comes to how we think about and purchase food, what we prepare or cook for dinner, and how much we eat at any given meal.
When you save on food wastage – you are doing something good for the planet because it means you are not contributing to the pollution that comes with wasted food.
We are living in one of the most rapidly changing times in recent history. Technology is progressing and so are the way we live our lives. We’ve moved into a world where we have access to more information than ever before, but also one with an increased focus on sustainability and the environment.
The food industry has been at the forefront of this change, adopting circular business models that aim to reduce waste and embrace sustainability. Yet despite all these efforts, it’s estimated that around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally every year; the equivalent of almost half the world’s annual cereal production or 3 400 000 schools meals per day.
Reducing food waste can help address hunger, reduce environmental impacts and improve resource use efficiency by cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions, water use,
Lets Start with the Freezer
There are many different ways to cut food waste in your freezer. There are a few things that you need to know though before you start.
Freezing: Freezing food makes it last much longer. This is a popular method for storing meat and other perishable foods. – Freeze foods properly to maintain taste and texture: Freezing can extend the shelf life of all foods.
1) You should always label anything that goes in the freezer (clearly). This includes frozen vegetables or fruit, as well as any leftovers or items that might not be fresh or expired.
2) When cutting up food and freezing it, don’t forget about the ices cubes! These won’t freeze solid like the rest of the food will, so they’re great for adding to drinks on a hot day.
3) Label your containers if they aren’t labeled already – this is key if you share a freezer with other people who might not know how long things have been there for.
Do not forget the Pantry and Kitchen Cupboards
Kitchen cupboards are filled with ingredients that have gone bad. The food is still edible, and often people buy more than they need. When food goes uneaten, it is wasted.
Rather than throwing away the food in your kitchen cupboards, there are a few ways you can cut down on waste:
– Store only what you need: It’s best to buy as little as possible at one time and this will help reduce the amount of food that gets thrown away. This also helps with meal planning and rotation of foods.
– Store leftovers correctly: Putting leftovers in an airtight container will keep it fresh for longer and reduce waste from spoiled food.
More Tips and Tricks
Always check your fridge freezer and cupboards before you head out shopping or do an online shop.
Take pictures on your mobile phone if it helps you to remember what you have.
Make a shopping list and stick to it
Do not fall into the trap of ‘buy one get one’ free offers if you know you won’t be able to use it before the best before dates.
Your Fridge should be 5C or below to ensure food stays fresh as possible.