Your six-point plan to love food and hate waste!

Helen White

Helen White is a Special Advisor on Household Food Waste for WRAP. She works with food retailers, manufacturers and brands on engaging with citizens to reduce food waste and is WRAP’s spokesperson on household food-waste-related matters. With expertise in strategic planning, she has played a key role in defining WRAP’s new approach to citizen food waste prevention and the re-development of Love Food Hate Waste.

Here in the UK, we waste more food than you might think. UK households bin 6.6 million tonnes of food every year, which costs the average family with children £730!

Luckily, there are a few simple changes you can make that will have an immediate impact. From buying to cooking, here are our top tips to help you waste less food!

  1. Store your food properly. Some foods do well in the fridge, whereas others, such as spuds, need somewhere cool, dark and dry. Our Food Storage A–Z can help you to store your food in the perfect place to keep it fresher for longer. For example: whilst most fruit and veg should be kept in the fridge, bananas, onions, uncut pineapple and potatoes do best in a cool cupboard!
  2. Check your fridge temperature. The average UK fridge temperature is around 7°C. Switching down to 0–5°C can keep your food fresh for up to three days extra! Our handy online tool shows you how to adjust the temperature if you’re not sure.
  3. Make friends with the freezer. Other than cucumber, lettuce, and anything else with a high water content, almost anything can be frozen – even eggs! You can freeze food right up to the ‘use-by’ date, so if something in your fridge is about to reach its date, press pause by popping it in the freezer for another time.
  4. Get to know your date labels. ‘Best before’ is just about quality, so your food should still be OK to eat after this date (if you store it properly!) ‘Use by’ is all about safety, so you need either to use or freeze your food before by this date.
  5. Try compleating! Still peeling potatoes and carrots? No need! All they need is a good scrub. Compleating your food means using up every edible bit, so look out for creative ways to use your bread crusts, peels, and stems. Try veggie crisps or bread-end pizzas to get started.
  6. Take a ‘shelfie’. We know that planning before you head to the shops is an effective way to help you buy only what you need. Lists are a great option, but you can also try taking a ‘shelfie’! Simply snap a picture of your fridge or cupboard shelves, so that when you get to the shops you don’t double-up on what you’ve already got.

For more tips and recipes on helping your food last longer, Love Food Hate Waste have some great ideas over here!

About the author

Helen White

Helen White is a Special Advisor on Household Food Waste for WRAP. She works with food retailers, manufacturers and brands on engaging with citizens to reduce food waste and is WRAP’s spokesperson on household food-waste-related matters. With expertise in strategic planning, she has played a key role in defining WRAP’s new approach to citizen food waste prevention and the re-development of Love Food Hate Waste.

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