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Have you ever stopped and thought about how much money you waste throwing uneaten food in the bin?

Published: 18 Aug 2015



Food waste - some simple tips to save you £00's per year 
 
Since 2007 avoidable food and drink waste (that which could have been consumed) has been reduced by 21% saving consumers £3.3bn a year. There is still however 7 million tonnes, most of which could have been consumed, being thrown away at a cost of £12.5bn a year and immeasurable costs to the environment. 
 
By adopting a few simple habits in the way we manage our kitchens it is possible to save several hundred pounds a year per household to spend on more enjoyable things like a holiday. It could pay for the car tax and insurance as well as a service probably if you feel you may be a serious offender! 
 
Refrigerators 
Make full use of them and most importantly check the temperature with a thermometer. The recommended temperature is between 0°C and 5°C to keep food fresher for longer. 
 
Freezers 
The perfect way to manage our food. Store portion size meals in air tight containers and date them for future use. 
 
Shopping lists 
It may seem 'old hat' but its well proven that by checking the cupboards and fridge before you go shopping and making a list of what you need will save overbuying and as a consequence overspending on what may ultimately end up in the bin. 
 
Pasta and Rice 
Always keep a stock of these staple foods so that you can be creative with whatever you have leftover in the fridge and make a nourishing meal 
 
Keep devices to hand 
Weighing scales, measuring jugs, freezer bags, labels and bag clips should be kept conveniently to hand to ensure portion sizes are controlled and any leftovers swiftly and properly stored for future use. 
 
Airtight containers 
Keep a range of sizes for storing and labeling leftovers for future use. Pasta dishes or Shepherd's pie for instance can be safely stored in the fridge for a couple of days or for longer in the freezer. 
 
 
 
Bread 
All bread type products are best stored in a bread bin or cupboard not left out on a board unless you plan to eat it immediately. 
 
 
 
Fruit and vegetables 
With the exception of potatoes and bananas all fruit and vegetables are best kept in the fridge and free from the ethylene gas which they naturally produce to ripen themselves. If you use a fruit bowl adding bananas to it will ripen, and as a consequence rot, your fruit quicker as their respiratory rates of ethylene are very high...hang them separately at room temperature. Potatoes are best stored in a dark place reducing the risk of them shooting or going green. 
 
Fresh Pod is a useful piece of equipment which costs pence but can actually extend the life of fruit and vegetables in your fridge or fruit bowl. 100% safe and natural it works by removing Ethylene and will extend the life of fruit and vegetables by up to four times.  
 
 
These simple steps will become habits, if they are not already, and eventually embed themselves into the way you manage your food purchasing and consumption. Government research indicates that a saving of up to £680 per year for the average household is the reward for your efforts...that is £1.86 per day in your pocket for reducing the impact on the environment. 
 
 
 
Mike Brown 
Director of Fresh Pod 
(and food lover)

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