As money’s getting tighter and we all look for ways to make the weekly shopping budget stretch further, here are some Mother’s Day gifts to help mum make the most of the family’s food.
1. Spaghetti measure
A spaghetti measure is an unusual but incredibly useful gift, which will remove the guesswork when it comes to cooking.
2. Bread bin
Did you know that storing bread in the fridge can make it go stale quicker? A bread bin can be a more expensive gift, but will help keep bread fresh for longer.
3. Bag clips
You can never have too many of these clips in the kitchen. They are a simple way of keeping foods fresh, and will never be unused.
4. Potato bag
A potato bag isn’t the typical type of bag we think of giving as a present! But keeping potatoes in a potato bag keeps them in the dark and the cool, which will help them stay fresher for longer.
5. Kitchen scales
We’ve all cooked that bit too much at one time or another. A set of kitchen scales is perfect for measuring everyday portions, and will be a welcome addition to any new home.
6. Food flask
Leftovers are fantastic for lunch and a welcome treat on cold winter days. Food flasks will keep leftovers hot for hours, and are the perfect present for people who work or spend a lot of time outdoors.
8. Fridge thermometer
Did you know, to keep the foods in your fridge at their best, the temperature of your fridge should be below five degrees? So giving a fridge thermometer will help to keep the weekly shop at its best for longer.
9. Ice cube trays
Ice cube trays are not an obvious present, but are a great way to make the most of the odd bits of wine left in the bottom of bottles. Freeze the wine in ice cubes, then add straight from frozen to dishes such as bolognaise sauces and casseroles.
10. Air tight containers
These handy containers have a wide range of uses from keeping foods fresh once opened, to taking food on the move. Look out for containers in different designs and colours for fun, yet practical, presents.
Emma Marsh heads up Love Food Hate Waste, which aims to raise awareness of the issue of food waste and offer simple everyday tips and support to help consumers save money and waste less. Emma is also a keen grower of fruit and veg in her garden and allotment at home.