Food Waste at Home

posted 06.09.2013

In the grand finale of our series on food waste as part of Zero Waste week we are going to look at what we, the consumer, can do to reduce food waste.

It will come as no surprise that of all the household food waste created that a large proportion is products which have not been consumed before its use by date; in fact it is estimated to be about 60% of household food waste. The value of all this food is thought to be about 6.7 billion. This shows we are not only wasting food but a whole load of money in the process.

Below are a few behavioural changes that I am sure most of us do already but may help to keep the amount of food (and money) we waste to a minimum.

  1. 1.       Plan

By planning your meals for the week you can be sure that you can check what you have already got in the house and create a list for the items missing. This was you can also plan multiple meals from ingredient packets.

  1. 2.       Stand by your plan

With all that choice and the bombardment of special and multi-buy offers it can be easy to be tempted to change the plan ? stick to it and make sure you don?t come back with more than you need.

  1. 3.       Buy what you need

When buying fruit and vegetables, buy loose, this way you will get the amount you need and not the predetermined pack size amount. This can also be applied when buying cheese and meat which can be brought in the quantities you decide over the deli.

  1. 4.       Its not too late

If vegetables are starting to wilt why not make them into a soup, likewise soft fruit can be used to make smoothies.

  1. 5.       Rotate

When you get new produce, bring the older produce to the front, that way you are less likely to find out of date, mouldy or rotting foods at the back of your cupboards and fridge.

  1. 6.       Freeze

It?s obvious but freezing and then thawing as you need food can really cut down on waste, why not make batches of food that you can reheat as you need them.

  1. 7.       As for the rest

I guess there is an inevitability that some food will go to waste, especially where we have peelings etc. why not use these to feed the garden, many food waste can be composted and in a few months you will have a nutrient rich fertiliser for the garden.

We hope that these tips are useful to you and would love to hear any of your suggestions for reducing food waste in your home.

Category: environment, general, in the news, Mike Close