Wednesday, 26 February 2014

How your freezer can save you money.

A recent consumer study revealed that on average, families throw out up to 1/3 of the food they buy and prepare weekly. This is a huge amount! In terms of money, and in terms of wasted resources, it seems like a horrifying figure. In Western society, we seem to have developed a habit for throwing food away rather than using it. With the costs of food spiralling and so many inequalities around the world, and people going hungry or relying on food banks and charity help, we should all do our best to cut down on the amount of food we needlessly waste.

Here are ways to use your freezer to cut down on waste and save money and time!

When you make a family meal, lasagne or bolognaise for example, there is often a portion left in the dish or pot. Instead of throwing it out, simple put the leftovers in a Tupperware container. Leave the lid loose until it has cooled, and then seal it and freeze it. It can be used as a quick lunch or dinner for any member of the family on a later date. All they will need to do is pull it out of the freezer and microwave it. One frozen microwave dinner costs an average of £3.00. If you save your leftovers and turn them into home-made microwave meals, you will cut down on needless waste, and you will save money on having to buy frozen meals. It is the simplest and easiest way to save time when you are too busy to cook, save money on buying ready meals, and save wasting good food.

There are many blogs online which will give you advice about what foods freeze well and which ones do not. Some simple research and taking care in the kitchen will soon cut down the amount of food you are throwing away and in time, it will make your weekly shopping budget last much longer.


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