Being just myself and Olivia at home, you would think we have this shopping thing all sorted, wouldn’t you? With us both liking different foods, however, it sometimes becomes a little bit awkward at meal times. So we have to make sure we use everything we have before it goes to waste. In some respects, it is a little trickier shopping for just the two of us, especially when we are wanting different meals.
Working in a greengrocer’s gives me the option of being able to just pick and choose the exact amount of fresh produce we need on an almost daily basis. But this isn’t as simple in other stores or even easy on the finances. With money being tight for most of us, we all want to make sure we are getting not only value for money but less waste too.
Olivia and I are working on becoming less wasteful with our food and have decided to go back to meal planning to help us make sure we use everything we have at home before buying more food.
I have a few ideas in mind and some tips for you should you be in the same position of looking to try and reduce your food waste at home too.
Buy in Bulk and Use Your Freezer
Next door to my work, quite handily is a butcher’s. So on payday, I can pop in, buy what I want and store in my freezer. My tip is to split multipacks, as these provide the best value for money, into portion sizes. Pack of 6 chicken breasts? Wrap individually or in pairs to use as and when you need them. The same with other meats too. This saves you having to defrost the whole pack and use it at once or even worse, forgot to use it all and it goes to waste!
Or Buy What You Need
Easier said than done I know but by only buying what you know you will use makes it easier to use it all and not waste it. Look for loose items instead of multipacks. This is where shops like mine come in handy. If you only want one carrot for your salad you can buy just the one. Again this reduces waste.
Leading on from my last point, buying what you need is so much easier when you have prepared your meals for the week ahead. This is what we are trying to do at home now as I have to be honest, some weeks we do seem to waste a lot of food we forget to use! I say we, but it’s mainly me being forgetful
If this is your kind of thing, it’s not something I have mastered yet. Batch cooking is a great way to use everything you have and gives you ready-made meals for the next few days/week. You will need to have plenty of Tupperware available to be able to do this.
Check Your Dates.
Knowing the difference between ‘Best Before’ and ‘Use By’ is a huge help when it comes to knowing what foods you can keep or need throwing away. Food past its ‘Best Before’ date may still be good to keep once this date passes and is a guide as to when it will be at its best. ‘Use By’ on the other hand, once it reaches this date, the food will need to be thrown away.
http://www.bpiconsumerpackaging.com/ have produced this handy infographic on exactly how much food waste is sent to landfill and how we can all reduce this amount by making some small and simple changes to the way we shop and store our food at home.
*disclaimer: a collaborative post*