The Guardian was peddling advice which is old news to all of us, but it's good to see the message hitting a wider audience; do buy 'ugly' fruit and veg (in the UK 30% of vegetables that are grown are not even harvested because they don't meet the standards that supermarkets and consumers demand), do cook from scratch, do treat sell-by and best-before dates with scepticism. And as we know, all these measures will save you money: for the average UK family the Guardian reckons possibly £50 a month.
|Home made pasties...|
|and fruit loaves.|
If you're a regular reader, you'll know that I willingly do all of those things (no horse meat burgers in our freezer). But achieving zero food waste is hard. This week we very nearly got there but sadly waved goodbye to a tub of coleslaw, that had been bought on a reduced label. A bargain isn't a bargain if you don't really need it, and salad and coleslaw haven't been a popular option in recent cold weather.
|You don't see the Narnia effect often in Wiltshire |
so you've got to work it into a blog post somehow!
I partially atoned for the wasted coleslaw. We rarely eat out, but when we do, do we stop thinking about food waste? After a recent pizza meal gift from a member of the family, we took the leftover bits of pizza home in a box, but we also asked for an extra box to bring home all the salad leftovers (including coleslaw), pizza crusts and pasta twists for the chickens. It may well be that Pizza Hut has a food waste recycling system, but at least I know for sure that our food waste ended up being recycled into eggs.
Other chilly food waste advice! If you are bringing your shopping home on a sledge, make sure you don't lose any items when you bump the sledge up the kerb! We lost a bag of flour this way today. Retracing our steps, we recovered our escaping red lentils (although coleslaw may be unpopular there's a run on tomato and lentil soup!), but not the malted flour. I hope the finder makes a good loaf.
For more food waste news, watch ITV's Tonight programme What a Waste broadcast yesterday and available to watch on ITV catch up.
And don't forget to enter the Food for Free giveaway on this blog; just leave a comment on yesterday's blog post!
Food Waste Friday was dreamt up by thefrugalgirl.com, to encourage people to use up food instead of waste it.