Food Waste Action Week 2023

Love Food Hate Waste’s #FoodWasteActionWeek runs from March 6-12, with this year’s theme of ‘Win, Don’t Bin.’

It’s a week of action which aims to bring the nation together to save time and money by making the food we already have go further. We’ll be helping to shine a light on how the correct storage of food can provide a second (or third!) meal for free.

Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Environment, said: “We’re supporting Love Food Hate Waste’s Food Waste Action Week campaign. If the food we buy doesn’t get used, all the energy and water it took to grow, harvest, transport, and package it will have been wasted. We’ll be sharing information on how you can reduce your food waste throughout the week, which can help you to save money and protect the environment.”

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Throughout the week we’ll be posting fun and informative content on our social channels, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Take the quiz!

Take part in Love Food Hate Waste’s ‘Win, Don’t Bin’ quiz and you can be in with the chance to win a Panasonic microwave or one of fifty Hellmann’s Food Hampers.

By answering four multiple choice questions, you’ll get motivational advice which can help you to make your food go further.

And if you sign up to their newsletter, you can get tips designed to save you time and money and you will get entered into the prize draw.

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10 tips!

Love Food Hate Waste have come up with 10 things you can try to stop wasted food feeding climate change:

1. It’s a date! ‘Use by’ is about safety – food should not be eaten after this date (even if it looks/smells fine). ‘Best before’ is about quality – although food won’t be at top quality after this date, it will still be safe to eat for some time.

2. Compleat. Always binning crusts and broccoli stems? Over two-thirds of the food we waste is perfectly edible, so using every edible bit of your food (‘compleating’) is essential. Try leaving the skin on when you make mashed potato – this will save you time as well!

3. Chill the fridge out. The average fridge temperature in UK homes is nearly 7°C, but foods will last longer if they are kept at under 5°C.

4. Perfect portions. Hands up who has ever found themselves with far too much rice or pasta? It’s easy to do, but there are simple ways to cook the perfect amount. For example, a mug filled with dry rice will cook enough for four adults.

5. Snap a shelfie. If you’re not a fan of shopping lists, take a picture of your fridge/cupboard shelves before you head to the shops instead. This will stop you from buying something you’ve already got at home.

6. Savvy storage. Most fruit and veg will stay fresher for longer in the fridge. The key exceptions are bananas and pineapple (keep these on the counter), and onions and potatoes (which should be kept in a cool, dark, dry place – like a cupboard!).

7. Freeze up to the ‘use by’ date. All foods with a ‘use by’ date, including meat, can be frozen right up to this date. This is especially helpful if your plans change at the last minute – before you order an emergency takeaway, check your fridge for anything that can be frozen for another day.

8. Ice-cube tray – the freezer hero. Too much milk, not enough time? Pour your remaining milk into ice-cube trays and freeze – this is the perfect amount for a brew. You can use ice-cube trays to freeze fresh herbs, too. Chop them up, pop them in the tray, and top up with oil, and then you have easy portions to add to the pan next time you’re cooking.

9. Use your loaf. Bread is another food that freezes beautifully. Put your sliced loaf in the freezer, and then you can pick out a slice at a time and toast straight from frozen. Extra tip: tap the loaf on the counter before you freeze it to stop the slices sticking together.

10. Unidentified Frozen Objects. Before you freeze your leftovers, label the bag/container telling you what’s inside and when you froze it.

You can visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for delicious recipes and even more suggestions for making the most of your food.

Wedi methu casgliad bin? Rhowch wybod i ni ar-lein – mae’n hawdd.

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