TIPS TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE
It might seem obvious, but the less food we buy, the less we waste. Scary fact: almost 50% of the salad we buy goes straight into the bin, followed by 25% of our fruit and veg and 20% of the bread and bakery items we buy, according to stopfoodwaste.ie.
A good way to reduce food waste is simply to notice how much of the food waste you put in your Obeo is avoidable.
Make a food list before you go shopping and stick to it. And if you love lists as much as we do, try making a meal plan for the week. Yes, it’s a bit nerdy, but it works. More planning, less food waste!
We’ve all gone shopping when we’ve been hungry and we’ve seen the results – a shopping trolley full to the brim and an eye-watering bill at the checkout.
Bring older foods to the front of the fridge and push newer food to the back. If you buy marked-down bargains at the supermarket, use them that day or freeze immediately. If you really want to reduce food waste, make the freezer your new best friend. You can freeze almost anything including herbs, breads and almost all leftovers. See these great tips from BBC Good Food.
‘Best before’ doesn’t mean the same thing as ‘use by’. Lots of foods are still good to eat even after their best before date. Use your common sense!
Store your potatoes and other root vegetables in a cool dark place and they’ll last much longer. A clay pot is perfect and pretty!
Check your fruit and vegetables daily to isolate any rotten bits that could spoil the rest of your fresh foods.
Know the portion sizes that are right for you and your family, and only cook what you’ll eat. Pasta and rice measures are great tools to avoid needless waste.
There are lots of great recipe ideas online for using up yesterday’s food. They’re so good, you’ll never feel like you’re eating leftovers! Try lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes for some ideas.