8 Tips To Reduce Food Waste And Save Money

8th February 2018
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Every year we throw away food worth £13 billion just here in the UK.

How can we have money in our pockets when we are buying food and throwing it away in the bin?

We are simply throwing money in the bin.

We can’t deny the fact that we are a throwaway society.

 

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What can we do to avoid wasting food and our hard-earned cash?

Here are 8 tips to reduce food waste in your house

1. Write A Shopping List

Each time you for grocery shopping it’s important to first write down a list of things you want to buy.

Doing this will help you to avoid impulse buying.

Make sure that you stick to your list as you shop for your grocery don’t go astray and start to be tempted by offers of things you didn’t intend to buy in the first place.

2. Plan Meals

Meal planning is something that I have practised over the years, it has helped me to save a lot of money and food.

Plan your meals each week around things that you already have in the house before writing your shopping list.

There are many ways you can plan your meals you can use free meal planning phone apps, you can use a meal planner like this one or you ans simply use a pen and paper

Planning your meals also helps you to eat healthily.

3. Store Things The Right Way

Most food waste comes from fruit and vegetables that have gone bad.

Some vegetables and fruits are to be stored in the fridge and some should not be stored in the fridge.

Make sure you know where to store your vegetables and fruits and buy fruits and vegetable that you will actually eat.

4. Freeze Food

If you have excess fruits and vegetables most of them can be frozen fruits like bananas, berries, mango, kiwi and clementines all can be frozen.

Leftover food is another waste in most houses if you have any leftovers freeze them and eat them.

5 Things That You Can Freeze Instead Of Throwing Away

  • Bread
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Leftover rice.

5. Use Up Food Before Grocery Shopping

Try to eat all perishable food that you bought from you last food shopping before you go for your next food shopping.

This will drastically reduce the amount of food you throw in the bin each week.

6. Eat Your Leftovers.

Use up your leftover food.

Leftover food is just as good and freshly make sure you are using the food and you are wasting nothing.

Leftovers can be used to make a dinner or lunch.

7. Serve The Right Portion

Serving the right portion in your plate is another way of reducing the amount of food you throw away.

It’s better to put a small portion and if you want more food you can always serve a bit more once you are finished with the first serving.

This is a good practice especially if you have kids in the house.

Get in the habit of measuring ingredients before you coking food. A good kitchen scale can help you get the right quantities.

8. Organise Food In Your Pantry And In Your Fridge

Most people fail to organise their pantries in such are a way that they save money.

Food stock rotation key in organising your pantry remember (FIFO) first in first out.

The first items you put in your pantry are the first you will use.

 

Food waste is a growing issue not only in this country buy in most first developed countries.

Yet in undeveloped countries food is scarce.

Imagine how many people in the undeveloped countries we would feed with the £13 billion annual food waste just in this country?

Next time you stand by your kitchen bin waiting to throw away food think about the money you could save.

Over to you…

Whats your favourite food?

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