In the kitchen

Day to day life is a balancing act of time, money, work and family

The average family could save £60 a month with a few easy steps.

Get inspired and make the most of the food you buy with these tips from Love Food Hate Waste.

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Sometimes we all end up throwing away food for one reason or another. But shockingly, food makes up around a quarter of the rubbish we throw away in Hampshire, and most of this could have been eaten!
Menu planning

Feeling disorganised?

Throwing food away uneaten?

Menu planning could save you time, money and bring some harmony to your kitchen.

Portion sizes

If you find you're throwing away food such as rice, pasta or potatoes at the end of a meal, that's money in the bin!

Love Food Hate Waste has lots of useful tips on portion sizes, including a video on measuring the perfect portion of rice.


Did you know your apples could last up to two weeks longer if you store them in the fridge?

Getting familiar with your fridge and freezer, as well as simple storage boxes and clips, will help make the most of the food you buy.

Date labels dilemmas

Understanding what the date labels mean could help you feel more confident about using what's in the fridge.

But don't stop there - you could even organise your weekly meal plan or fridge around what needs eating first!

Love your leftovers

Turn what's leftover from your meals and in your fridge and cupboards into a delicious new meal with these leftover recipes, searchable by ingredient.

Smart living recipes 

BBC Good Food leftovers recipes

Love Food Hate Waste recipes

Recycle your food

Some food can't be eaten, for example, tea bags, fruit and vegetable peelings and egg shells. But this can be used to create compost which will give structure to your soil and make your garden flourish.

Meat and cooked foods can't be composted in the same way, but there are options for them. Even if you don't have a garden, there's a compost solution for you.

If you are a resident of Eastleigh Borough Council, your food waste could be collected and used to generate electricity