Love Food Hate Waste
Council supports Love Food Hate Waste, a national campaign that can
help you save money and the environment by reducing the amount of
food we throw away.
Find out more about the problem of food waste from the
information below or by visiting the Love Food Hate Waste
With the launch of the iFREEZE campaign this
month we are looking at ways to reduce food waste by making the
most of your freezer.
You can freeze almost anything! Just remember
to label all the items you freeze so you don’t forget and defrost
food overnight in the fridge. Lots more hints and tips can be found
Love Food Hate Waste website.
Visit our Theme Page to find out what you can do to
reduce your food waste and save money.
Food Waste Facts
- In the UK 7.2 million tonnes of food and
drinks are thrown away from homes every year, that's roughly
the amount of food that would fill Wembley Stadium over 7
- All of this food waste costs people in the UK £12.5 billion and
much of it could have been eaten!
- Wasting food costs the average family with children around £680
per year, that's over £50 a month.
- The foods we waste the most are fresh vegetables and salad,
drink, fresh fruit, and bakery items such as bread and cakes.
- In the UK we throw away more food than we do packaging every
- If we stopped wasting food the benefit to the planet would be
equal to taking 1 in 4 cars off of the road.
Why do we waste so much food?
There are two main reasons we waste food, click on the links to
1. We let food go off
2. We cook or prepare too
We Let Food Go Off
Know your labels
- Best Before- relates to the quality of the
food, you can still eat it after the date but it won't be at its
- Use By- relates to
food safety. You must not eat the food after the date even if
it looks and smells ok as it may not be safe.
- Your fridge should
be set to 4oC.
- Keep your food in its packaging- it
was designed to prolong the life of the food.
- Don't store your fruit and vegetables
in sealed containers; they need some air to get to them to
- Keep your fruit in the fridge (except
bananas and pineapples), they will last longer.
- Store all food according to the
instructions on its packaging.
- Freezers can be used to store a wide variety of foods.
- Seal foods completely in tubs or bags to prevent moisture
- Portion your food out before you freeze it- you are less likely
to waste any when you do use it.
- Label food with the date you put it in the freezer, that way
you know how long it will last when it is defrosted.
- Always defrost food thoroughly.
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We Cook or Prepare Too Much
- Many of us don't know how much food we need for the numbers we
are cooking for. Try the Love Food Hate Waste portion planner
- Plan your meals for the week so you know how much to buy and
- If you cook too much store the leftovers in the fridge for the
- Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days.
- Eat leftovers for lunch.
- Get creative, use the leftovers to create new meals. Have
a look at these recipes for some inspiration.
- Take a shopping list with you when you go to the
supermarket, only buy what you need.
- Don't give in to special offers if you know you won't use it
- Make sure you have a supply of long life foods in the cupboards
(rice, pasta, flour, grains, tins etc) that are ready to turn those
leftovers into yummy new dishes!
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Love Food Hate Waste Ezine
You can also sign up to the Love Food Hate
Waste Ezine for updates on the campaign, information on how to help
you recycle more and home composting tips:
Sign up to the Love Food Hate Waste Ezine
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