Top 5 Tips To Reduce Food Waste
1. Plan Ahead
One of the best ways to reduce food waste is to plan your meals by making a list of dishes and snacks for the week. This forward planning will mean that you can efficiently shop and only buy ingredients that you know that you will use. It will also mean that you can ensure that leftovers can be used in subsequent meals.
2. Batch-cooking is the way forward
Use your weekends to batch-cook and freeze. This will help when planning meals, saving you having to cook during the week when you’re busy and also gives you the chance to get creative with the leftovers of the previous week.
3. Freeze your 5-a-day
If you have fresh fruit or vegetables that you know you won't be able to use in time, then freezing them is the perfect solution and saves having to throw them away. For those fruit and veg that lose their texture when frozen the best way to combat this is to puree them before freezing. For instance, puree tomatoes and pop them in the freezer to be used at another time for pasta dishes or on pizzas. Strawberries freeze perfectly as a puree and can then be added to smoothies. And stewed apples are ideal to defrost and use on your morning porridge or as the base for a fruit crumble. Most fruit and vegetables can be frozen one way or another and it's a great way to reduce waste.
4. Don’t judge a veg by it’s date
“Best before” dates can be misleading and often if produce is still looking fresh and usable then it’s fine to do so. For instance, many vegetables may slightly soften and wilt but they can still make the perfect additions to soups, stews, and sauces. Checkout our post on how to utilise all of your produce, even the ones looking a bit sad. Stop Food Waste Day: Ways to utilise all your produce
5. FIFO is your friend
Organisation is key when it comes to your fridge. And following the ‘FIFO’ (First in, first out) rule is a useful way to organise your fridge. Many restaurants and grocery stores use this system to reduce waste and keep track of what they have. It’s simple - newly bought foods go at the back of the fridge (or cupboard) and this will encourage you to use the food on the front row, ensuring nothing is wasted.