16 March 2020

Getting the most from your food!

Getting the most from your food!

A few simple tips and tricks to make sure your food lasts longer!

As we all try to stay home a bit more and we’re conscious of what we’re using, its worth taking a moment to ensure we’re getting the most from what we have. Almost a third of all food in Ireland is wasted, and the average household looses €650 per year1 in food waste. Below are some tips and tricks to help you make your food go further.

Buying

1. Check what you’ve got before you go shopping!

2. Have a meal plan, this helps you to buy what you need and speeds up dinner time when you start to get hungry.

3. When you’re home and putting your shopping away remember first in first out – new items go behind older items to make sure you use up the oldest items first.

Storage

1. Are you using your fridge correctly? Your fridge should be set to 4 degrees for optimum storage, but remember that this temp varies inside the fridge. Items in the door will be subject to more temperature variations, items at the top are in the warmest area so put your cheese, youghurt or prepared foods here. The bottom is coldest, so best for meat. And veg should be stored in the veg drawer where available as this helps to keep veg crisp.

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2. Sauces and stock can all be frozen to be used another day – but try to label and date things in the freezer to avoid the dreaded UFO – Unidentified Frozen Object.

3. Bread, and some veg like spuds, onions and garlic will last longer outside of the fridge than in. Though bread can be frozen for longer term storage.

4. Fruit: bananas (and apples and mandarins) give off a gas that makes things around them go off faster, so store in a seperate bowl away from other fruits.

Cooking

1. Pay attention to portion sizes when plating up; it’s easy to ask for seconds and leaves leftovers untouched.

2. Don’t thrown away leftovers, store in containers in the fridge for lunches later the week.

3.Not everything over ripe is past its use. Banana bread is best made with over ripe bananas for instance.

For lots more info, recipes for leftovers, or to get started in the world of fermenting and preserving go to www.stopfoodwaste.ie and for a quick and easy bread recipe(!) https://www.bordbia.ie/lifesty...

Finally if you still have food left over that is gone off or can’t be stored then remember to use you compost bin if you have one. This brown gold will go to help grow more fruit and veg in the future.

1Stopfoodwaste.ie

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