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Save up to £700 by making food waste history

Save up to £700 by making food waste history

Wasteaware are asking Hertfordshire families to try saving up to £700 a year by reducing food waste through four easy steps. 

They have produced a new video "Making Food Waste History" which asks families to make the most of their food and save up to £60 a month. 

In the UK we throw away more than 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year and the average family throws away the equivalent of 6 meals a week. These facts are pretty staggering especially when you consider that some of this food was actually still fit to be eaten. 

Research into food waste by WRAP has shown that food is mainly wasted due to incorrect portioning, storage or planning. By taking four simple steps to reduce food waste, the average family can save up to £700 a year on their food bill: 

  1. Plan ahead Shopping lists can save time and money. Check your store cupboards and freezer before shopping. Organise your fridge and cupboards so the shortest date items are at the front. 
  2. Store correctly Fruit can last much longer if kept in the fridge (except bananas). Potatoes last longer if stored in a cool dark place. Most meals can be frozen and kept for a later date. 
  3. Cook what you need Correct portioning can save money as well as the waistline! Did you know that one cup of uncooked rice is enough for 4 people? 100g of uncooked pasta is enough for 1 adult. 
  4. Recycle what you can't eat Uncooked fruit and vegetables can be home composted. Cooked food can be recycled at the kerbside through your organic waste collection.

Food waste reduction tips: 

Hear are some great food waste reduction tips from Hertfordshire residents:

  • Make vegetable crisps from vegetable peelings by baking them in the oven with some oil and salt.
  • Use up all your leftover vegetables by blending them to create a unique soup. This is great at Christmas as you can add all your leftovers to make a Christmas flavoured soup.
  • Leftover chicken from a roast makes a nice curry later in the week.
  • Leftover plain pasta can be fried in a pan with garlic and bread crumbs for a tasty quick meal.
  • Create your own banana puree mash over ripe bananas with lemon juice and sugar. This can be frozen for later too.
  • Chicken bones can be boiled to create stock for soups. 

To see a comprehensive list of useful food waste reduction tips, just visit For more advice on making the most of your food and how to reduce waste through portioning, storage and tasty meals from leftovers visit

Source: Press release from Hertfordshire WasteAware
by Philip Kenchington, - 03/07/2014 00:00


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