|What could you do with an extra 8.3 million tonnes of food a year? Well, not you personally of course but that’s how much we in Britain throw away each year – a staggering 8.3 million tonnes of food, most of which could have been eaten. That’s according to the ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ team who are passionate about food and raising awareness of ways that we can all cut down on food waste, the majority of which ends up in landfill sites.
Their website www.lovefoodhatewaste.com is packed full of advice and information such as how to save up to £50 a month off your household budget and tasty recipes using leftovers. If you’re fed up with your usual sandwich at lunchtime, look no further than their Recipes section with literally hundreds of tasty ideas you can make at home and take for lunch. All you need is some food storage containers and a lunch bag or cool bag to start saving money and enjoying a satisfying lunch at work or school.
The Perfect Portions section really gets you thinking about just how much food you’re cooking and either overeating or throwing away. Covering just about any food you can think of ideas are also given for easy ways to measure the perfect portion. The tools suggested are all everyday items available in most homes, like mugs (a 300ml mug is handy for measuring uncooked rice. 1 adult portion = ¼ mug), spoons, measuring scoops and spaghetti measures.Saving time and money is high on everyone’s agenda these days and this section even includes ‘5 Sure Fire Ways to save money on your food bill’ from TV’s Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis.Within the Top Tips & Storage section you’ll find plenty of useful information about keeping your fridge and freezer at the correct temperature and using a fridge thermometer to make sure you’ve got it right. There’s even a downloadable Food Diary to help you calculate just how much food is being wasted in your household.
If you’re wondering why all this matters and how we’d all benefit from wasting less food (as if saving money isn’t enough!), check out the About Food Waste section and prepare to be surprised, shocked and maybe even appalled at some of the statistics given. For example, if we all stop wasting food that could have been eaten, the CO2 impact would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road!
There are of course plenty of other advocates for lowering household waste levels and using our food more wisely such as www.notbeansagain.com and www.leftoverchef.com as well as Recycle Now, a government-led initiative to help individuals with recycling and composting issues, who can be found at: www.recyclenow.com.
And if you’re still not convinced about cooking with leftovers, look up the mouth watering recipe for using up pasta by making a delicious pudding!