Friday: Reducing food waste
Food waste is a global problem and has a detrimental on our precious planet. It is estimated that in the UK alone 9.5 million tonnes of food are wasted a year, despite there being an estimated 8.4 million people living in food poverty (Hall, 2022). Last year as a nation we:
- Wasted 50 million chickens
- The average family spent £470 on food which ended up being wasted
- 100 million tonnes of milk were poured down the drain
- Supermarkets generated around 240,000 tonnes of food waste
It is crucial that we reduce the amount of food we waste to preserve our planet. Here are some top tips to reduce food waste in the kitchen:
- Don’t buy more than you need- make sure you know what is in your fridge and cupboards to ensure you don’t over buy. This will also save money while reducing the amount of food waste in your kitchen.
- Know the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates- being aware of the dates on foods you buy and what they mean can reduce the amount of food thrown away in the kitchen. The use by date refers to food safety, and food must not be consumed past this date however, a best before date refers to food quality and can often be consumed past the date.
- Planning is key- plan your meals and shopping list ahead of the upcoming week, this is an easy way to reduce food waste and optimise time and money management. See the Nourished Life meal planner and shopping list resources on the website to get started!
- Freeze leftovers! When making meals, freeze any leftovers for an easy dinner option or lunch at work. Also, be aware of portion sizes to reduce over cooking and food waste.
For more tips on healthy eating and nutritious recipes see our Nourished life website and social media @Nourishedlifeuk. Make sure to share your recipes and tag us or use the #Nourishedlife!
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