Reducing food waste has been heavily discussed in the news in recent years. UK supermarkets are often criticised for the volume of produce they throw away each week. There are many ways in which you can reduce your food waste at home and ensure that you shop sensibly. We look at five ways you can help fight back. You might even save money as well!
1. Plan ahead
It is very easy to take up the offers featured in the supermarket. However, do you really need to purchase every special offer on the shelves? Probably not, so it is wise to plan a shopping list before you visit the supermarket. Plan out your lunches and dinners for the week and buy only what you need – watch as your fridge gradually empties during the week and know that you haven’t bought more than you need. It helps to save money too!
2. Kitchen cupboard challenge
A great way to make the most of your meal time planning is to stock your kitchen cupboards with essential dry goods. Items such as pasta, rice, and flour are all great staples to have on hand. Leftover raspberries are great for muffins; couscous can be used for a fresh San Fran Salad, and don’t forget that there is always a meal to be made from macaroni and cheese.
So why not set a challenge each week to use your cupboard ingredients?
3. Shop locally
Today, shopping locally means popping to the nearest Tesco Express or Sainsbury’s Local. Here we mean visiting the local market, bakery and, butchers. There are many award-winning markets throughout the UK. This gives you a chance to talk to local vendors and find out what is in season and when to buy for the best prices. Buying your fruit and vegetable in the market often works out cheaper than the supermarket. It is also a great way to buy only what you need.
4. Batch cooking
Cooking soups and sauces at the beginning of the week will ensure you always have a time-saving option for lunch or dinner. Soups and a crusty baguette make hearty lunches, and whizzing up a basil pesto for pasta fills you up for dinner. Roast chicken leftover from a Sunday lunch can be used throughout the week in stir-fries, curries and sandwiches.
Having an organised fridge and freezer is a great way to keep on top of what you have. Seeing what you have can make planning for the week ahead a lot easier and allows you to use up everything before buying more. If there is an item you don’t think you will use up before the sell-by-date, then store it in the freezer for when you need it. The freezer is the unsung hero of reducing waste – just remember to check it before each shopping trip!
There are plenty of ways to get creative with your organising your fridge, so get started today!