Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Cut down on food waste and you will save more than £500 per year!

£500. This is the average value of the food a standard sized family will throw out each year. There is no doubt that this is an incredibly shocking statistic. And the statistics are current. They were realised by the press in the last few weeks.

The problem is education. Many families are unaware of the good food they are throwing away. People do not have the cooking skills they once did and this is resulting in a huge amount of food waste.

In addition to the terrible waste of earth’s natural food supply, it is also a huge waste of money. Most of us have to make our money stretch, especially as the cost of living keeps creeping higher and higher. That’s why it is so sad that so many families are literally throwing money into the rubbish bin by wasting food.

Here are some tips to help you save your £500 every year.

Buy fresh not processed. Most processed food has already been frozen so you cannot re-freeze it. As a result, any remaining food needs to be thrown out. By only buying fresh produce, you can prepare it yourself, freeze leftovers and use them on another occasion. No wasteand a huge saving, because fresh produce is much cheaper than processed food. It is also much healthier and better for you.

Invest in a simple family cookbook. It will give you some great ideas on how to make food go further. For example, a roast chicken dinner on a Sunday will feed your family on the Monday and Tuesday too. You can use the leftover chicken to make a curry or casserole and then finally you can make a healthy and nutritious soup out of stock from the remaining chicken bones and meat. Did you know that over 30% of people use only the breast of the chicken and then wastefully throw the rest out?

If you are trying to save money and improve your health, the best thing you can do is change the way you shop, cook and eat. It will save you money and it will cut down on the world’s terrible record of wasting food.


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