Look at what you have in stock before you go shopping. This means taking a really good look in your fridge, freezer and pantry. Get right to the back, where food gets forgotten, clear out the crisper, check expiry dates and see what needs using up!
Look at what you’ve got
Check expiry dates
Plan your meals
Write a list
TIP: Understand the difference on food labels.
Best before = When product is at its ‘best’ and can still be eaten after this date.
Use-by = Guide to when the product should be consumed for food safety reasons.
Buying too much is one of the main reasons we waste food, but simple changes can help you save food, money and the planet!
Buy only what you need
Avoid specials and 2 for 1 offers
Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry!
TIP: Buy loose fruit and vegetables so you can choose the right amount – look for wonky ones if you can!
Store food correctly so it lasts longer. Invest in good storage containers and bag clips to keep food fresh, move food that needs using up first to the front of the fridge and freeze food near its use-by date.
Check fridge temperature is set at 4°C
Pack leftovers in airtight containers (and remember to eat them)
Don’t overload your fridge to allow cold air to circulate freely
Label and date freezer food so you can see what you have
TIP:Say no to fruit bowls! Most fresh fruit will last longer in the fridge (not bananas), keep in the crisper in original packaging for best results.
Cook with what you already have, before buying more! Don’t let a bendy carrot, wilted herbs or bruised fruit throw you off track. Sometimes what’s left in your fridge or pantry just needs a new lease of life!
Check food that needs using up
Google ingredients if you’re not sure what to cook
Get creative in the kitchen
Love your leftovers!
TIP: Check how many you are cooking for and measure out portions to avoid cooking too much.