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Est. 2011

Simple Ways To Reduce Food Wastage At Home!

Groceries take up a large portion of any families budget. Food wastage is just the same as throwing your hard earned cash straight into the rubbish bin!

With these clever tips, you can reduce the amount of food that goes into the bin every week.

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  • Line the vegetable crisper in your fridge with paper towel. This will help to absorb some of the moisture that builds up, helping to keep things fresher longer. Change it every month.
  • If your salad greens are looking a little whilted, soak them in ice water for a few minutes and they will crisp up again, just make sure you use them that day.
  • Store celery in your fridge, wrapped in aluminium foil and it will stay crisp for days.
  • Cooked too much pasta or rice, freeze for future use. Defrost overnight in the fridge and gently heat in the microwave and it will be just like freshly cooked.
  • Store your potatoes and onions in the crisper, not in the pantry. They last for weeks without going soft.
  • Store opened jars of tomato paste, taco sauce etc, upside down in the fridge. This creates an airlock and avoids mould growing on the top.
  • Butter freezes really well, cut a block into 125gm size pieces and individually wrap and freeze. Then simply place in the fridge overnight to defrost.
  • Buying a large bag of grated cheese is more economical than a small bag. Simply store the bag in the freezer once you have opened it.
  • Honey will crystalize over time, but a quick zap in the microwave will have it looking normal again.
  • Store flour in the freezer. It not only stops it from being infested, but stays fresh. Before baking you must allow the flour to come to room temperature.
  • Only need a little bit of cream, freeze the rest in an icecube tray, use the cubes to add to sauces or soups.
  • Buy a bunch of fresh herbs, and only need to use a little. Chop the leftovers and freeze in a little water in icecube trays, again just pop a cube in a casserole.
  • Coconut cream and milk freezes really well. If I don’t need to use a whole can, I freeze the leftovers in a small tupperware snack container.
  • Bacon and ham freeze very well, if you buy too much, put the left overs into small portion snap lock bags for future use.

Just put a few of these idea’s to good use, and you can dramatically reduce the amount of food that ends up in the bin.

Do you throw out a lot, or have you got some other clever ways to reduce wastage?

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12 thoughts on “Simple Ways To Reduce Food Wastage At Home!

  1. I love the tip on the herbs. I don’t bother buying them because they barely last a day. I also put celery in a container lined with paper towel, but I love the idea of the aluminium foil if I haven’t got the time to cut it so it fits in the container.
    Thank you. I do believe you may just have saved me a bucket load 🙂
    Becc @ Take Charge Now

  2. I always store my flour in the freezer – tip picked up from my mother. It wasn’t until I was older that I realised some people didn’t do it that way.

    I also store my rice in the freezer for the same reason.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas, some of them I already use but others I had not heard of before. I will be sure to put them into action, with a family of six I am always looking for ways to save money.

  4. Awesome tips! My fridge is due for a clean out tomorrow, and I’m going to look at some of these ideas. Didn’t know about the paper towel in the veggie crisper or the tomato paste, but they are awesome ideas!

  5. Hey I do most of these already – does that mean I am a true domestic goddess a la Nigella?! I even grow my own herbs, much better, fresher and cheaper than buying them (believe me if *I* can grow herbs, anybody can …)

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