In the kitchen
Day to day life is a balancing act of time, money, work and family
The average family could save £70 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.
- Menu planning
What’s for dinner?
Meal planning is all about only asking that question once a week rather than every day and bringing some harmony to your kitchen.
Everyone has their own way of making a meal plan, but here is some inspiration for getting started which lets you make the most out of your food:
- Include core recipes that you know you and your household like
- Be flexible by mixing up meals like curry based on the fresh ingredients you buy
- How far can the ingredients be stretched across different dishes - could that bag of potatoes be used for mash one night, and jackets the next?
- Have a cupboard staples meal like pasta and chopped tomatoes, for those not-enough-time-in-the-day situations
- There’s no need to plan a meal for every day. Make meals which also work great as leftovers for lunch the next day
- Now you’ve got the gist, make a shopping list!
If you’re an app user there are some clever ways to save recipes and build a plan online, including ‘Copy Me That’ which lets you store all your recipes from across different websites in one place.
- 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.
Remember to check your fridge temperature - it should be less than 5°C.
- 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.
- 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