1. Do a shopping list and a weekly meal plan
Preparing a weekly meal plan will not only help you when producing a shopping list but will help you to know which pack sizes are needed for the upcoming week.
Preparing, and sticking to, a shopping list will help you buy only what you need when doing the food shop, reducing impulse buys.
2. Cook big portions and freeze for later
Does the meal you’re preparing only need half an onion? Or half a tin of tomatoes?
Preparing double portions will ensure the unused ingredients do not go to waste. The extra portion could then be frozen and used the following week.
3. Donate any food you won’t be using
Do you have a tin of soup in a flavour that nobody likes? Or have you grown more cooking apples than you can use? Donating or passing on excess food or food you won’t use will stop it being wasted.
One way of doing this is by using an app called Olio. The app allows you to list food you no longer want, which can then be seen in the local area, and can be picked up by somebody who would put the food to good use. The app is completely free to use and you could even pick up something you would use from somebody else!
Visit www.trusselltrust.org to find your local food bank and donate any tins of food or packets of sauces that you won’t be using. Some food banks will also accept unused shampoo, shower gel and other toiletries.
4. Use a compost heap for compostable items
Use a compost heap to stop food peelings and skins ending up in landfill. Not only can garden waste, potato peelings and apple cores be added to a compost heap, but you can also items such as toilet roll tubes, tea bags, cardboard egg boxes and even egg shells!