Love Food Hate Waste in... July and August
July and August, Love Food Hate Waste will be sharing some ideas on
how to get organised in the kitchen. By being organised and
planning our meals, shopping, cooking and storage of food we will
not only save money, but also time and food waste
Research shows that a large proportion of us
plan at least some of our meals in advance for the next week with
only 20% of us deciding what to eat on the day.
Planning really does make a difference, but even the best laid
plans do not always succeed. We often have to make changes at
the last minute because our own plans change or household numbers
fluctuate. £5.6 billion of food is wasted because it has not
been used in time and £4.1 billion worth of food is thrown away
because too much has been prepared and cooked.
Too busy not to plan!?
Planning doesn’t have to be laborious or time consuming-
in fact it can save us time when shopping. Just a
quick check in the cupboards, a rummage in the fridge, then making
a quick list before shopping means that we are less likely to spend
time wandering around the shops wondering what to have for tea.
If you need ideas to get you started have a look at the
ready-made meal plans and
shopping lists on the website or download our free
app that will help generate shopping lists for the meals that
A quick check in
the fridge on a regular basis helps us spot those foods coming up
to their use-by dates so we can then plan when to use them.
Food Labels Explained
||What it means
||You can ignore these dates as they are for shop staff not
||These dates refer to quality rather than food safety. Foods
with a 'best before' date should be safe to eat after the 'best
before' date, but they may no longer be at their best.
||These dates refer to safety. Food can be eaten up to the
end of this date but not after even if it looks and smells fine.
Always follow the storage instructions on packs
Did you know:
To extend the life of food beyond its date, freeze it before
the 'use-by' date and defrost and use within 24 hours.
Providing eggs are cooked thoroughly, they can be eaten a day or
two after their 'best before' date.
Mind the Gap
Even when we are organised in the kitchen, all sorts of
things crop up and our plans change. We work late, grab a
takeaway, eat out, or just don’t fancy what we had planned. If
that’s the case, why not plan some gaps into your weekly meal plan
to leave some wriggle room? For example, planning for five days’
meals a week allows for those changing plans. If you do happen to
be at home, it’s a great opportunity to use meals from the freezer,
or use leftover or forgotten foods to make a meal.
Using meals from the freezer as a regular part
of our plans prevents our freezers becoming overstocked with food
that we then forget is in there. It also means that we use
our frozen food whilst its quality is high. Keeping a handy list
stuck on the freezer door avoids having to search through our
frozen foods to try and work out what we have in stock.
Keep an eye on foods in your fridge that are coming up to
their use-by date and move them into the freezer if you are not
going to use them in time.
Guess who's coming to dinner
It’s hard to plan when we don’t know how many we are planning
for. However, a quick weekly meal plan can help establish who
is likely to be at home for meals. If numbers do change at
the last minute here are some top tips to help you make the most of
- If you haven’t started cooking, check your portions. It’s
easy to get into the habit of cooking for a certain number
regardless of who is going to be in. Take a quick look at our
planner for easy tips on how to get portions right.
- If you end up with leftovers, see them as a perfect opportunity
to save time and money. Even just one portion of food is
perfect for freezing to use as a ready meal for one at another
time. A serving of stew, a piece of pie or portion of pud
used the next day for lunch saves all the bother of making
sandwiches or the expense of buying your own.
- Well wrapped leftovers are fine in the fridge for 2 days
(except rice which needs to be used within 24 hours) and remember
that food can be safely frozen right up to the use-by date.
Bagging a Bargain
If you are more spontaneous in your food shopping, need to shop
on a daily basis or like to make the best use of daily bargains,
our website can suggest all sorts of recipes, hints
and tips for
those special offers or multi buys. You can search for
recipes that use a particular food and you can even download our
app to take with you. However you like to shop and cook you
will find lots of ideas to make the most out of the food you
Individual lentil lasagnes
Sausage and sweet potato stew
Easy smoked fish pie cheesy crumble
Gizzi Erskines Afghan yoghurt chicken
Chocolate yoghurt cake