According to Love Food Hate Waste, almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten. So we have put together some tips so you can reduce the amount of food waste from your kitchen!
You can begin making changes whilst you’re at the supermarket. Planning your meals effectively will give you a very good idea of what you will need. You can find lots of templates that you can print or download on the internet.
One of the most common food groups to be wasted is fruit and vegetables. Buying loose products will help you to reduce waste. For example, a recipe says you need 2 apples, you don’t need to buy a whole bag (unless you are going to eat them of course!). Some supermarkets sell their fruit and veg loosely but you may prefer to go to a market, it may well work out cheaper.
Don’t be sucked in by special offers! Its not a saving if you didn’t need it in the first place. You should also be more realistic, if you live on your own you aren’t going to need as much food as a family of four so make sure you bare in mind how much of each of your meal plans you will be making.
There are also lot’s of steps that you could follow at home. Before you implement any changes at home you should monitor how much food you do waste in a certain time frame, this way you will know how many changes you need to make, you can build from here. If you monitor how much and what food you waste and find the majority of it is a certain food, for example you are throwing away half a loaf of bread each week, make sure you freeze half when you buy it so it stays fresh.
You can also create a system that means the food that will expire soonest will go to the front of the cupboard or fridge and the items with the longest time left until they expire can go to the back. You can then plan meals based on which foods will be going out of date soonest. If you have food left after a meal you have a few options, you can freeze it and eat it again at a later date or you can put it in a Tupperware box and take it to work for lunch the following day.
How do you reduce your waste food? Get in touch we’d love to know your tips and tricks for reducing food waste. If you need any help or information regarding our used kitchens or our used kitchen units.