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Tips On How To Reduce Food Wastage

According to the Waste and Resources Action Programme, the UK generates around 9.5 million tonnes of food waste per year. This can have a wide negative impact on the environment by using valuable production resources, greenhouse gas contribution when food rots and the physical land the food wastage takes up. Not only this, households can save some money by not overconsuming on food items they do not need. Find our top tips on how to reduce food wastage below.  

Tips To Reduce Food Wastage In The Household

There are many steps you can take in the comfort of your own home to reduce food wastage. These include the following: 

Expiry dates 

Get to know the difference between ‘Best Before’ and ‘Use By’ labels on your everyday products. The Government Food Safety Hygiene states that Use by labels are there to focus on safety, where it is to give you a stop date to eat as the produce can make you ill afterwards. Whereas best before dates are based around the quality of the produce and after the date, the food is still safe to eat with a reduction of quality.  

Being on top of your date expirations on food will help reduce food wastage by not letting food go to waste as it is unsafe to eat anymore. Plan your meals around expiration dates and be sure to check the difference in the label. 

Freeze Food 

Food that can be frozen will generally be stated in the label packaging print or have a related symbol on there. If you cannot eat the food in the timescale it needs and it is safe to freeze, ensure you put it in your freezer for another day. This will help you utilise already purchased food and not to throw it away. It may come in handy for meal inspiration another day! 

Repurpose Food About To Expire 

If you have ingredients that are about to expire, you can always repurpose them into something else. For example, making leftover bread into breadcrumbs to aid another meal. There are so many ways you can do this without it being time-consuming, either. 

Furthermore, you can make more than one meal by taking leftovers the day after. This not only repurposes the leftover food but also saves time making another meal. If you are doing this, however, you need to make sure you are storing what you have cooked safely for the ingredients used. 

Check Your Fridge Temperature 

You will not need to do this tip all the time but it is important to check your fridge temperature, particularly if you notice food going off quicker. If food is not stored at the correct temperatures in the fridge, you won’t be able to consume it in the time period you thought.

Watch Portion Sizes 

When you are cooking or preparing your meals, it is important to stick to reasonable portions. Having larger portions can result in food wastage, as there is more likely to be food left on the plate at the end of the meal. If you cannot reuse it the next day, the leftovers will go to waste! 

Share or Donate Where Possible 

Donating food you are going to otherwise waste or sharing with others will reduce the amount of food wasted. Surplus food can be shared this way, as long as it is done safely, such as checking expiry dates and ensuring it has been stored correctly before passing on. 

There are many ways you can do this such as sharing between family, friends and neighbours, donating to charities, taking to food banks or even researching apps that you can do this through. 

Avoid Meal Fatigue 

Look up new recipes to reduce getting bored of your weekly meals. Switch up what you’re cooking and it is less likely to reduce food wastage by maybe stopping at the shop to pick something else up or ordering out in place of the food you already have. Discover new inspiration as cooking doesn’t have to be time-consuming and costly.

Compost 

You can put some food wastage in your compost rather than throwing it away with your general rubbish. Generally, fruit and vegetables are the best leftovers to dispose of this way but there are definitely some products to avoid, such as dairy. 

Tips To Reduce Food Wastage On Your Shopping 

You can also reduce food wastage by taking conscious steps in your food shopping. Examples include: 

Create A Meal Plan 

Taking a few extra minutes out of your week can help reduce how much you may impulse buy outside your general food shopping, as you may be indecisive and over buy. By creating a detailed meal plan, you know what you are having, what you need and can easily purchase what you need for each meal. 

Take A Shopping List

In addition to your meal plan, you can make your shopping list based on what you have decided. By creating an itemised list, you can check off your ingredients as you pick them up and avoid impulse purchases you won’t need or eat. 

Order A Customisable Box  

Ordering a fully customisable fruit and veg box can help reduce food wastage by only ordering what you need. You will have full control of your box contents, pause subscriptions when you still have food left and take advantage of flexible delivery slots to suit you. 

Customisable Boxes With Marvellous Greens & Beans 

Here at Marvellous Greens & Beans, we pride ourselves on offering fully customisable produce boxes. We have a range of fruit boxes and veg boxes available of varying sizes so you can pick one to suit your lifestyle and needs. Our products are delivered UK-wide where you are in control of your account, delivery and what items you receive. If you need extra essentials, you can also add bread, dairy products and more pantry essentials

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