London Borough of Barnet

Reducing food waste

Love Food Hate Waste

We all work hard to buy the food we eat but the average household throws a third of what they buy.

Five ways to save money and prevent food waste:

  1. get friendly with your fridge: just by opening the fridge door and checking the ‘use by’ dates on items you can prioritise what to eat first
  2. cupboard savvy: stocking your store cupboard and freezer with a variety of canned, dried and frozen goods with a long shelf-life means you will always have the ingredients standing by to jazz up your leftovers
  3. carb control: learn how to make just enough rice and pasta for the number of people you’re cooking for.
  4. love your leftovers: being creative with your food is the clever way to save cash. With a little bit of thought you can create some delicious surprises from your leftovers - they don’t have to mean second best
  5. it pays to plan! Check your fridge, freezer and store cupboard before you go shopping, then write a list so you don’t shop for things you already have.

Save £50 per month by reducing food waste

The average household throws away between £420 and £600 worth of edible food each year. There are also environmental impacts. Most of the food thrown away ends up in landfill where it produces methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas.

We asked residents in the High Barnet area to share the little things they do to make the most of the food they buy. Here are a few of them:

  • cut stale bread into cubes and fry for croutons
  • potatoes, greens, carrots and leftovers. Mix and fry for bubble and squeak
  • whatever delicious meal you cook in the evening, take the leftovers to work for lunch the next day and make your work-mates jealous and curious
  • use bruised or brown fruit to make smoothies or milkshakes
  • make sure you eat the oldest yoghurt next
  • always ensure the oldest bottle of milk is the most accessible in the fridge!
  • Yorkshire puddings with a twist – pour batter over leftovers and bake it in a hot oven
  • when making muffins, add ‘tired’ fruit
  • over ripe bananas can be made into banana cake
  • put food in the freezer
  • make breadcrumbs out of stale or waste bread and freeze them
  • leftover cooked vegetables can go into an omelette. Fresh veg past its best can go into a stir-fry
  • make soup from leftover vegetables and chicken
  • make up recipes from your leftovers – experiment

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