For years I’ve been working hard to reduce my food waste and I’ve really fallen in love with the subject. Food is a great material to be inspired by and use it up recipes are some of my favourites! In fact I rely on leftovers and over ripe fruit for some of my meals now!
I recently decided to start up a Facebook group specifically to talk about how to reduce food waste. Please join and invite all your friends too! You can join the group here: Reduce your food waste Facebook Group. In the group people can share food waste solutions they have found/ the steps they are taking to reduce food waste, share relevant news stories and ask questions about how to avoid food waste. The aim of the group is to support each other to help reduce food waste and save money in the process! I have also started a Pinterest board to go with the group here: Reduce your food waste Pinterest Board, so if you are on Pinterest take a look and if you want to contribute to the board let me know!
If you are just getting started in reducing your food waste, I recommend taking these three steps:
- Do a food waste diary for a week (i.e. record all the food that you have thrown away each day for a week) to see where your problem areas are when it comes to food waste.
- Then once you have done that, do a clear out of all your dried and tinned goods – check dates on everything. Anything past it’s use by date will need to be thrown away (preferably composted) but things past their best before date are often fine to use. Do a use it up meal plan and prioritise using the things that are the oldest (but still edible) first.
- Every time you go shopping in future, check your cupboards before you go to the shops, write a list of what you are running out of before you go to the shops and stick to that list! Also when you are writing the list take into account what you learned from your food waste diary – if you realise you have been buying too much fresh food for example, then scale it back.
Continuing on the subject of food waste, I was sent a book to review, which has only recently been published! It’s called My Zero-Waste Kitchen: Easy Ways to Eat Waste Free. It is a DK book and there are lots of pictures in it. I found it fairly easy reading and there are some good recipes in there. It was a bit light on detail in some areas, but overall I thought it was a good introduction to going zero waste in the kitchen.
I would really like to grow the Facebook group, which is doing brilliantly already – thank you to everyone who has joined! When the group has reached 500 members I will do a giveaway here on the blog to give away the My Zero-Waste Kitchen book, so get sharing this blog post and the group (if you aren’t on Facebook or in the group you will still be able to enter the competition)! Please note the giveaway will be restricted to UK entrants.
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