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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Source: Press release from Hertfordshire WasteAware