Love Food Hate Waste (England) - recipes and tips to help you waste less food

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How the humble shopping list will save you time, money and cut food waste.

File 224.2million tonnes of food and drink that could once have been eaten (not including crusts, peelings, bones etc) are thrown away from our homes each year, costing each person £200 a year rising to £700 for a  family. 

Aside from the hole this eats into our weekly budget, this waste of good food also has a serious long-term impact on the environment. There is a simple way to cut down on food waste though, and save money and time into the bargain – the humble shopping list!

The simplest way to save shoe leather when food shopping is to make a quick shopping list! It may be an obvious suggestion, but how many times have you rushed off to the shops only to find yourself unsure whether you already have enough milk, rice or potatoes?

Not only that, but we know that shopping day is bin day - we buy by habit without checking to see if we already had it, and the old food gets thrown away to make space for the new!

File 15We have the following quick tips to help make list-making second nature. Spend a few minutes planning your list before you leave the house and you’ll navigate the shopping aisles in a much shorter trip.

  1. Keep a pad and pen in the kitchen - when you’ve got through the last of your favourites such as milk or cheese scribble it down on the list.

  2. Shopping for specific ingredients with meals in mind and taking a list helps ensure we use what we buy.

  3. Buying foods that can be used for several different dishes gives us flexibility to create different meals.

  4. Look for food with the longest use-by date or fresh foods which can be frozen in case you don’t get round to eating them in time.

  5. Have a quick rummage through the fridge, freezer and store cupboard once a week; it’ll end those evening runs to the local late night shop for essentials.

  6. Take a quick photo of your fridge as you leave home in the morning so you can see what's already in there!

  7. Download our free App which can help you get organised in the kitchen deftly moving your online recipes to your online shopping list to your online storecupboard.

  8. Don't forget you don't have to plan every meal in the week. In fact just having n idea of what 4-5 meals will be often works best allowing you to be flexible with unexpected leftovers. Identifying a meal from the freezer each week -such as Friday night is Freezer night - means that if your plans change and you're eating out on Friday that meal can happily sit at home on pause waiting till next week!

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