According to Love Food Hate Waste, almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten.
Wasting this food costs the average household £480 a year, rising to £680 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £50 a month.
There are two main reasons why we throw away good food: we cook or prepare too much or we don’t use it in time.
The foods we waste the most are fresh vegetables and salad, drink, fresh fruit, and bakery items such as bread and cakes.
Here are a few tips to avoid wasting food:
1) Plan you weekly meals before going shopping and stick to your shopping list.
2) Don’t overpack your fridge as things tend to go unnoticed at the back.
3) Rotate food according to the expiry date
4) Cook in advance and freeze your food. This comes handy when you are in a rush.
5) Some fruits and vegs will last longer in the fridge than outside
6) Get practical. Bruised apples or pears make a great crumble. Over riped bananas make wonderful muffins.