Posted on 12 Jun 2017 Views 4473 Comments 27
How often have you left some veg in the fridge for too long and it has gone past its best before date and ends up in your bin?
Do you know the difference between Best Before and Use By dates?
How many times do you walk around the supermarket not really knowing what you need?
Lets see if Slim & Save can give you some tips on how you can reduce your food wastage and save some £’s too.
Keep a track of what you eat less of and have thrown out and buy less of this when you do you food shopping.
Before you go to the supermarket make a list by checking what you have in your cupboards, freezer and fridge this will help you to not over buy or buy duplicate items.
Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach this will only increase temptation to add off-plan treats into your trolley.
Eat foods first that have a shorter shelf life such as leafy greens.
See a misshapen carrot? Look out for these in the bargain sections in the supermarket. Many supermarkets reduce prices on the not so perfect looking veg, they taste exactly the same so you can save some extra pennies here too.
The difference between “best before” and “use by” date is that “best before” relates to the quality of the food so after this time the quality may have reduced but it will still be safe to eat. “Use by” date are generally found on fresh foods such as meat and fish. This one is the most important so even if it looks ok and smells ok if it is past its “use by” date Do Not eat it as it could make you ill.
Preparation is key plan ahead what meals you are going to have for the coming week, this will save you time in the long run especially if you have a busy home life. Freeze your veg to ensure it lasts. Lots of people now use a Sunday to get organised for the coming week and I have to admit after giving this a go myself I realised just how much food I utilise without much waste, and it also cut out the indecisiveness of thinking each day what to have for my evening meal, as I had my weeks meals already planned. Many people think that by freezing their veg it will lose its goodness and fresh taste however if you do the following then all the goodness and flavour will be locked in:
You can also freeze meat and fish, portion up your meat and fish into usable individual portions and simply pop into a freezer bag and place in the freezer. Even milk, stock and yoghurt freezes really well. Don’t forget your leftovers too, think before you bin!
By Jennifer Goodall, Customer Care Advisor
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