5 Steps To Reduce Food Waste
Food waste is a problem and not the kind of problem that we can just brush under the carpet. The current climate we are living in shows us that our greed even extends to toilet roll and our first-world countries are the worst for it. As we consider how to keep ourselves healthy and the planet thriving, reducing food waste is something that is slowly becoming a key issue for households in the UK and we have put together 5 key ways you can do just that.
Food waste in the UK has hovered around 9.5 million tonnes for a few years now, with the majority of that waste coming directly from us and our households. We want to help change that and luckily after reading our 5 steps, you will be able to walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
Buy what you need
Now, this may seem like an obvious one but it is easy to throw in that extra bag of crisps or take an extra few carrots ‘just in case’, but in most cases, these just end up forgotten and in the bin. By being mindful about what we are putting into our trolleys at the supermarkets, we are saving ourselves throwing food away and saving the planet too.
This is why we were so keen to introduce portion sizing to all of our dishes so you know that there will be zero wastage when you order from us. Whether you are eating for one or two, our portions are a perfect size and packed full of the right nutrients to keep you satisfied and healthy.
Organise your food
Perhaps this is one piece of advice that seems a lot easier said than done, but we can assure you, by taking small actions to organise your kitchen, cupboards and fridge, you will save money and the planet.
Let us take your fridge as an example, it would be beneficial if you are able to apply a first in, first out system to ensure that you don’t just favour the new and shiny items but also make sure you finish that last red pepper or carton of juice before opening up a new one. Once you have been shopping, actively put the newer items behind their existing counterparts, you will be surprised how easy it is to work through all of your food this way.
Plan, plan, plan. Do you think we like the idea of planning? Look, we get it. When you’re busy and always on the run, the thought of planning a week’s food in advance seems boring and it can be, but knowing you’re helping to make a difference is all the motivation you need.
Think about your evening meals and even your lunches for the week and put down your favourite dishes against each day. Maybe even add our Peri Peri Chicken or Bolognese for next week! Soon, you’ll have a week planned and from that your shopping list which will save you buying extra food too.
Love your freezer
We are already sold on the importance of a freezer in reducing food waste, that is why all of our dishes come freezer-ready for you to enjoy at your leisure.
Come to think of it, there isn’t really a limit to what you can freeze and keep for a later date. For example, if you have any salad items that are perhaps a little soft for your lunch, you can keep them in freezer-safe bags and use them in your breakfast smoothie two days later.
If you have any leftovers from your meals, you can freeze those too and take them in as your lunch later in the week. The opportunities are endless!
We admit this step isn’t as easy as all the others but if you can find a spare bit of time to start composting, your life might be changed forever.
Composting leftover food and vegetable scraps is a great way of turning waste into energy for plants. If you’ve got a garden big enough then an outdoor composting bin would do wonders, but even for those living in bigger cities or a flat can join in with a counter-top compost bin for your houseplants or small herb plants.
There you have it, our top 5 steps to start reducing your food waste and making the planet a better place. In fact, following these steps might make you and your wallet look healthier for the foreseeable future. Let us know how you get on with any of these steps and tag us in your posts @diningeating