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Fight against Food Waste

Christmas is the season full of irresistible food and even better leftover feasts. Sandwiches, curries, soups and risottos are just some of the dishes families rustle up with their leftover turkey and trimmings, in addition to more creative ones. So, why can’t every day be like Christmas?

Food waste is a global issue, and in the UK alone we throw away one third of all of the food that we buy. With this amounting to more than seven million tonnes of waste each year, the impact is not only harmful to the environment, it’s also having a detrimental and possibly undetected effect on the pockets of thousands DWO of families too.

Having recognised the need to tackle and reduce the amount of food waste produced, retailers have taken action to make us as consumers more informed about the issue and what we should do with our food. To make an impact however, a more united approach is needed, so why not get involved?

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Freeze

Save room in your freezer to prolong the quality of fresh food, and to store portions of meals that could provide a delicious meal at the end of a busy day. So much food can be frozen, but check guidelines for suitability.

Observe

Conduct regular checks so that you are aware of what food you use and expiry dates. This will enable you to make informed decisions when planning meals, and help you to use up food before it deteriorates.

Opt-in

Check if your local council provides facilities for food waste. With regular collections and trusty containers, your efforts towards food waste will be made easy! If you have the space and interest, you could also consider home composting – a fantastic way to engage and educate children about food waste too.


Date–Know the lingo!

If food has a ‘use-by’ date it is unlikely to be suitable for consumption after this date. ‘Best before’ dates on the other hand are there for guidance – the quality may start to decline, but use your initiative. If your loaf of bread still looks and feels fine, do not bin it.

Weigh

Preparing or cooking too much food is an issue for many of us, but solutions are available. Electronic scales are an ideal kitchen companion, but you could also invest in a spaghetti measurer, use cups or handfuls to measure rice, pasta and vegetable portions, and use recipes for guidance.

Advice

Use the wealth of information that lies at your fingertips and explore the Internet. Search council websites to see what is happening in your local area, and gain inspiration from specialised websites.

Shopping

Plan meals in advance, and when you go food shopping take a detailed list of what you need to buy, including quantities. This way, you will only buy what you need! Good for your purse-strings too.

Trial

Before throwing food or waste away, consider if there are any other uses for it. For example, if your bread is getting stale do not dispose! Instead, use it in a bread and butter pudding, or blitz it in a food processor to make breadcrumbs that can be mixed with cheese for a crunchier pasta bake topping.

Encourage

For support and success encourage friends and family to focus on reducing food waste too! Make it fun, particularly if you have children. Why not hold competitions to create unique and imaginative names for the dishes you make from your leftovers?

Small but steady steps will enable the UK to make progress, so ‘don’t throw in haste, save your waste’, and rejoice in the satisfaction that you are making a difference.


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