‘Use It Up’ food waste reduction tips

Homemade soup in freezer bag with Count On It freezer label

Want to save up to £60 a month? Well you can and what’s more, it’s very easy to do.

By making a few simple changes to reduce how much food you throw away each month, not only can you save up to £700 a year, you can also save yourself time food shopping and cooking!

Use It Up, here are my top tips to help you reduce food waste and save money:

U is for ‘Use by’ dates – check the use by dates on fresh food such as meat, fish and ready meals and if you don’t think you’ll eat them before the end of the date, freeze them. Alternatively, ‘use it up’ in batch cooked dishes and freeze for a later date.

S is for Store for more To avoid unnecessary food waste, store food correctly. For example potoatoes will last a lot longer if kept in a cool, dark place, fruit, except bananas, will last longer if kept in the fridge and cheese must be kept in an airtight container or bag, not clingfilm.

E is for Eat Seasonally Save money and cut carbon emissions by choosing seasonal British food. When it’s abundant, it’s cheaper, plus it tastes so much better as it is fresher.

I is for Invest in your freezer Freezer bags, reusable storage tubs, food bag clips and which will ensure you have everything to keep fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, batch cooking and leftovers safely and hygienically stored in the freezer, whilst reducing food waste.

T is for Take a list Cut waste and food bills by taking stock of what you already have in your fridge, freezer and cupboards, making a shopping list and sticking to it when you go shopping, that way you’ll not be tempted to buy more than you need or will eat!

U is for Ugly vegetables A great tip celebrity chef Tony Tobin shared with me and one which I use all the time is to buy ˜bargain ugly vegetables and limp herbs to create sauces and garnishes to freeze. Not only do they taste great, they’re inexpensive, convenient and have no added nasties!

P is for Packaging To keep fruit and vegetables fresher for longer store them in their original packaging. These days foods such as cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh salads are packed in specially developed wrappers which ensure they stay at their best for longer. However, if you buy your fruit and vegetables unpackaged, put them in a plastic bag loosely tied and store them in the fridge.

What Use It Up tips have you got, any lovely leftover recipes you’d like to share, let me know, I’d love to hear from you?

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