Here at Jane Plan, food wastage is something we feel quite strongly about. To celebrate World Food Day we worked with the charity Food Cycle, who try to reduce food wastage by using surplus food to serve tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. We also try to reduce our clients’ food waste by delivering all our products as individual meals, so that they don’t need to throw food away. This is why I was glued to my TV on Monday night watching the new programme Hugh’s War on Waste on BBC One.
In the programme, the Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall discussed how wasteful families in the UK are, often throwing away re-usable clothes and edible food. Individual households are the biggest single cause of food waste in the UK, and each year 4 million tonnes of food waste is thrown away. This not only wastes food, but it costs money. The average family bins £700-worth of food each year! This is why changing our habits and limiting the amount of food we waste could make a difference.
Hugh visited the town of Prestwich and provided people with a few tips to try to reduce their food waste. Below I’ve listed what I think are three helpful tips to help you cut down on your food waste:
- Be a smarter shopper. Before you buy something, think carefully and make sure that you’ll eat it. If you struggle with this, try planning your meals before going shopping. This will help you save money too.
- Know the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates. Food after its ‘best before’ date will not be harmful, but may begin to lose its flavour and texture. If food is after its ‘use by’ date, you should be more cautious as it may give you food poisoning.
- Be ‘kitchen savvy’! Before throwing food away, try searching the internet for ways to use it. For example, if you have fruit that’s slightly past its best before date, you could always use it to make a smoothie.
I hope that these tips are helpful, and that you feel inspired to join us at Jane Plan in cutting down on our food waste!
Have a lovely weekend,