Did you know the UK wastes 15 million tonnes of food every year? This is the equivalent of throwing away one fridge load of food every month.
There are some simple changes you can make however, to prevent food waste and save money.
Shop with a list to ensure you only buy food you need
Buy individual fruit and veg, rather than pre-packed produce
Say no to Buy One Get One Free deals, or BOGOFS (it is not a bargain unless you need it)
You can freeze pretty much everything from cheese to fruit!
If you do your food shop later in the day you can often pick up a bargain, thanks to store discounts
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What you need to know
Don’t throw leftover food away, get creative and use it to make other delicious meals
Use large ice cube trays to freeze leftover gravy, baked beans, sauces, etc
Don’t overfill your shelves, this can prevent cold air circulating to keep food fresher for longer
Keep salad and vegetables in the drawers at the bottom of the fridge to prolong their life
Put new foods towards the back of the fridge to ensure you use the oldest items first
Here's a super helpful guide
A great way to use up leftover apples is to peel, core and chop them before simmering them with a splash of water in a covered pan until they turn to mush. Put the mixture through a blender to create a puree, which can then be frozen and used in baking recipes to sweeten and add moisture.
Left bruised and darkened in the fruit bowl, bananas can do a good impression of being ripe for rejection. But don't be fooled. Bananas can still be used to power some tasty food.
Bread is a classic food typically thrown away too soon, neglected slices gone stale and unused, a chunk of baguette hardened. But bread a day or more past its use by date can still be revived - and here are just two recipe ideas.
Buying bagged carrots rather than the exact amount needed for a meal, it's common to have a few left over with no purpose. These carrots might be left to go soft and spoilt - but they are a superbly versatile vegetable which can lend itself to no end of tasty dishes.
If you have a handful of sad-looking spuds left over in your kitchen, wait before throwing them out. Don't waste what is a key ingredient in many a meal - check out these two recipes and recycle those potatoes the right way.