Try these ten ways to reduce your own food waste and to help combat the issue:
• Before you go food shopping, write a meal plan and a corresponding shopping list, only buying exactly what you need – this way you won’t buy excess produce that will get left to go ‘off’.
• Use your leftovers creatively – transform waste into new meals! For example, turn leftover vegan Bolognese into chilli, or roasted veg into a stew or curry.
• Purchase ‘wonky’ fruit and veg – you can order online from OddBox (oddbox.co.uk), or pop into your local supermarket and look for their ‘imperfect’ fruit and veg. Most supermarkets sell this now, including Tesco and Morrisons.
• Freeze food you won’t eat – including leftovers and surplus food (you can even freeze most plant-based cheeses and yoghurts if you need to).
• Learn how to correctly store your food – for example, cake goes stale quicker in the fridge, whilst apples and citrus fruits keep for longer when refrigerated.
• Make fermented foods with surplus fruit or veg – pickle cabbage to make sauerkraut or make kimchi using leftover cabbages, carrots, radishes, ginger and onions.
• Get composting – chuck leftovers onto your compost heap and let your garden reap the rewards at a later date!
• Learn the difference between ‘best-before’, ‘sell-by’ and ‘use-by’ dates – use-by dates are about safety. You can eat food until its use-by date but generally not after.
Best-before and sell-by dates are about quality, so you can eat food after this date, but it may not be at its best (food.gov.uk). So, don’t throw away food if it’s merely passed this date!