- Food Waste Challenges
Food Waste Challenges
REDUCE: Meal Planning Challenge
Meal planning is one of the best ways to reduce food waste and there are lots of ways to do this. Why not use the next two weeks as a trial and plan all your meals? There are some great meal planning apps (with shopping list features) you can download and try, here are just a few:
- Yummly – this app has a variety of recipes to choose from and is easy to use. https://www.yummly.co.uk/ (Opens in a new window)
- Smart Recipes –This has lots of healthy, balanced meals and you can just filter vegetarian options. https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes (Opens in a new window)
- Mealime – This app is great for people with food allergies or intolerances. Recipes usually take less than 30 minutes so are quick and easy too! https://www.mealime.com/ (Opens in a new window)
- One You Easy Meals – As well as giving advice on being clever with your food, this app has tips on eating seasonally, eating your 5-a-day and making sure your salt/sugar/fat levels are low. You're able to email a shopping list to yourself for easy printing if you prefer to hold a paper list when shopping. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/apps/ (Opens in a new window)
There are also websites which have recipes and a shopping list function so you can add items to your list with your regular online shop as you go. The BBC Good Food website (and their app) has this function and has hundreds of recipes to choose from. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes (Opens in a new window)
Enjoy the experience and share your photos and footage of your meal planning fun on social media, tagging us in. It may inspire others!
REUSE: Leftover Recipes
According to Waste and Resources Action Programme, by weight, household food waste makes up about 70% of the UK after leaving farm waste volume. In the UK, 6.7 million tonnes of food ends up wasted per year which costs about £10 billion annually. That’s between £250 - £400 per household, each year! Which is about £7 per week.
Leftovers almost always can be used, if still within date and looking fresh. Here is a few great leftovers recipe inspiration to help you on your journey to 0% food waste:
- Love Food Hate Waste: https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes (Opens in a new window)
- BBC Good Food: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/leftovers-recipes (Opens in a new window)
- Jamie Oliver: https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/category/course/leftovers/ (Opens in a new window)
Some items of food can be tricky but if you think you can’t include it in anything you are making, why not make an omelette if savoury or pancake if sweet? Eggs are the magic ingredient, if you are trying to use up waste, or for a vegan twist, try it in a stir fry or roast for a snack.
Fruit can be made into a smoothie; there are plenty of recipes online. Sometimes, no recipe is needed. Simply select the fruit on the edge of fresh, put in a blender with fruit juice, milk or yoghurt and whizz to a yummy drink.
This handy guide helps you determine if you can freeze foods/meals, so you can keep them for another time:
Enjoy the experience and share your photos and footage of your leftover cooking/freezing fun on social media, tagging us in. It may inspire others!
RECYCLE: Challenge your Thinking
You may not be able to turn orange peel into a necklace or stale bread into a basket but there are ways you can make use of food waste to benefit the planet. One way is to compost it. Not all food items can go into compost but many can and it can prove a useful thing to have when you need to start on the garden again. If you don’t have a garden, why not use the compost you make for potted plants instead?
So, first you need a compost bin. You can either buy one or make one, it’s up to you. It is important to note here that if you have a garden waste bin and active subscription, that they can alternatively go in there but if you want to create your own bin and know what to put in it, read these tips:
- Gardeners World: https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/diy/how-to-build-a-compost-bin/ (Opens in a new window)
- If you need an indoor composting bin: www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/gardening/a28366427/how-to-compost-at-home/ (Opens in a new window)
- Veolia Guide: https://www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire/waste-reduction/home-composting (Opens in a new window)
- This video by Veolia also gives great hints and tips: https://youtu.be/q5WbqZwFKA4 (Opens in a new window)
Nurturing your compost bin is just as important as building it in the first place. This is a great family project too. Enjoy the experience and share your photos and footage of your composting fun on social media, tagging us in. It may inspire others!