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Getting Organised!

shopping listIn 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 too. 

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 you want.

FridgeA 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









Food Labels Explained

Label What it means
Display until You can ignore these dates as they are for shop staff not for shoppers.
Best Before 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.
Use by 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. Freezer

Snow Patrol

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 your food

  • 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 portion 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 buy. 

Afghan yoghurt chickenRecipes

Individual lentil lasagnes

Sausage and sweet potato stew

Tasty tagine

Chilli con carne

Easy smoked fish pie cheesy crumble

Gizzi Erskines Afghan yoghurt chicken

Chocolate yoghurt cake


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