A new year… So time for a new me! Usually at this time of year I’m thinking of how to lose those extra pounds from Christmas, but this year we should be thinking about breaking old food habits and starting to waste less food. It may seem daunting but taking simple steps can help us get the feel-good factor back from food.
Better planning and portioning can help not only with healthier eating but wasting less too. These are my top tips:
- I try to plan a weekly menu and take a list to the supermarket – it helps me focus the shopping trip, and makes it an awful lot quicker too. I’ve halved the time I spend in store which also means fewer arguments with the husband!
- I’m often attracted by discounts in-store as a way of saving money, so getting into the routine of sticking the other half of the buy-one-get-one-free offer straight into the freezer means that it will last until we need it. With meat and fish, divide it into freezeable portions so you can use as much as you need, as and when you want it
- When it comes to cooking just the right amount of food at mealtimes, try to avoid the temptation of ‘one more for the pot’ – often this portion ends up getting thrown away. Try serving your meal in bowls so that everyone can help themselves to as much as they need – then you can freeze the leftovers for another time or have them as a fantastic lunch the next day.
And finally, research shows that shopping day is bin day in most homes: 30% of fruit in the home gets thrown out on the day of the weekly shop because we forget to check what we already have… So always remember to have a quick check before you leave home.
Make 2012 the year you get the feel good factor back from your food!
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.