Love Food Hate Waste
Get the most out of your food with help from re3 and Love Food Hate Waste
The average family could save up to £700 a year if they stopped throwing away food.
Sign up for a free, fun and informative Love Food Hate Waste training session on how to make the most of your food and save money.
We'll help you with simple ideas on what to buy, how to cook and store food, and what to do with leftovers. In return, we'd like you to share what you've learnt with family and friends.
You could save £480 per year by throwing less food away (and if you have children you could save £680)
The impact of food waste in our area
re3 is teaming up with Love Food Hate Waste to run a series of free training sessions to help residents in Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham get more out of their food, save on their grocery bills and help keep food waste out of landfill.
A typical household in the re3 area throws away 2.7kg of food a week. 1.2kg (43%) of this was food that was binned before even being prepared and/or taken out of its packaging.
Across the re3 area, households throw away an estimated 22,836 tonnes of food waste per year. To put that in perspective, a tonne is around the weight of a small car.
By throwing away what we haven't used, we are all paying twice - when we buy our food and when our council tax pays for the disposal of food that has not been consumed.
Based on the research, re3 has estimated that over £1m of savings could be made if that weekly 1.2kg of food waste per household - equivalent to an apple a day - were not binned. At a time of severe financial pressure, that is money that could be put to good use elsewhere in council budgets.
How we can all help
With Love Food Hate Waste, re3 is running a series of free training sessions in the Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham council areas on how to get the most out of the food we buy.
The sessions provide easy, practical tips and advice on how to freeze food, use leftovers, plan meals and control portion size. Attendees are asked to share what they have learnt with their family and friends and within their own communities. That could be through something as simple as sharing food waste tips with other parents at the school gates or posting a leftover recipe on a Facebook page, through to giving talks at community events.
If your community group is interested in hosting a session, please contact re3 on 0118 937 3460, firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Facebook or Twitter @re3recycling
Some easy food saving tips
1. To freeze tomatoes, remove their stalks and freeze whole in freezer bags. They can then be used in place of canned tomatoes, in a tomato or Bolognese sauce or chilli con carne. Just put the whole frozen tomatoes into the pan at the point when you would add the canned tomatoes. Don’t try to defrost them separately as they turn mushy.
2. Store oranges in the fridge. This way, oranges keep their freshness and quality for much longer than if storing them at room temperature, and keeping them in the fridge in a loosely tied plastic bag will also help stop them shrivelling up. Add them to the fruit bowl to bring to room temperature just before eating to taste their true sweetness.
3. For storing cooked potatoes, The Food Standard’s Agency advise that once cooked they should be cooled as quickly as possible, ideally within 1-2 hours, and then stored in the fridge for up to two days. A useful freezing tip is to freeze the potatoes on a baking tray, so they’re not touching each other, and when they’re solid, pop them in a plastic bag. This stops them sticking together so you don’t have to defrost them all at once.
4. If you have a food processor or hand-blender, any leftover casserole or cooked veg can be made into a soup with store cupboard ingredients. Cooked vegetables work best with a stock cube and a small amount of spaghetti or vermicelli broken up into small pieces, which can be cooked until soft in the stock before adding to blitzed vegetables. Casseroles are good with concentrated tomato puree.
5. You can almost always get cheap bags of smaller onions in the supermarkets, and they’re often the perfect size which means you don’t have bits of onions lying round going to waste. Onions freeze well and it’s just as easy to chop up three as one and freeze. If you’re in a hurry it’s a great help and no smelly hands or chopping board to wash.
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