Reduce your food waste

Optimising health, limiting food waste and promoting a healthy balanced lifestyle is at the heart of what we do at The Transformation Chef.

We strongly feel that food waste is on the rise and we all need to play a role in helping The Courtauld Commitment achieve their aim of reducing food waste by 20% per person between 2015 to 2025. Below are some facts from the latest WRAP report which really emphasises the importance of working to reduce food waste. 

  • 41 million tonnes of food is purchased each year with nearly a quarter being wasted! 
  • 10 million tonnes of food is wasted each year (7.1million tonnes of this are from household waste!)
  • 70% of food wasted is considered acceptable to eat.
  • £20billion of food is wasted per year.
  • 9% of strawberries and 19% of lettuces grown are wasted each year. 

As you can see food waste is becoming more and more problematic. Not only is this causing a strain on our environment through the production of greenhouse gases (25million tonnes are utilised to remove food waste) it’s also causing a greater strain on our forever growing population. As this week is Recycle Awareness Week we’ve put together our most simple tips which can help you to limit your food waste and upcycle your meals, optimise your recycling schemes and help to contribute towards a healthier planet:

  1. Avoid BOGOFs and over buying when you shop – unfortunately when it comes to bogofs we end up buying more because it’s ‘free’ and the truth of it is that the second one often gets wasted. 
  2. Prep your meals before your shop – prepping your meals can help you streamline your shop and prevent you buying more food than you need. You’ll also save money too. 
  3. Be aware of portion sizes – avoid over serving food to yourself and your guests. Once it’s on the plate you can’t re-use the dish for lunch the following day. It’s always better to underserve and opt for seconds rather than overserving.
  4. Get creative with leftovers – if you’ve got a small amount of veggies left but perhaps not a enough for a whole meal try making it into an omelette, a pasta dish or even a soup for the freezer. 
  5. Be aware of food storage. Storing your food properly can help to limit food spoiling before their time and therefore reduce food waste. 
  6. Get to know your dates. Best before dates are not the same as use by dates. Best before dates mean that the food is still edible after that time. Take initiative if the food appears, smells and tastes normal then it’s more than likely perfectly fine to eat. 

There you have our top tips for helping to limit our food waste. Next time you’re purchasing food think twice about whether you really need everything in your basket.