HOW TO PREVENT FOOD WASTE
IN THE HOME
Although composting can be both great for your garden and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, the best way to reduce waste is to prevent it in the first place. Here are several tips for how you can reduce the amount of food going to waste in your home.
Make a shopping list
According to research from WRAP, more than a third of us go shopping without a list and you are ore likely to over-purchase if you don't plan before you shop.
Check your refrigerator's temperature
Keeping your fridge between 1-5 degrees centigrade helps to keep food fresh longer. It may be worth investing in a fridge thermometer.
At this year's BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham (November 2006) WRAP had a stand and leaflet with simple tips to help people reduce food waste at home. The leaflet contained many great recipes (sample recipe below) from WI members for leftover foods and foods that may otherwise have been thrown away.
SWEET POTATO AND PEPPER SOUP
An ideal recipe for using up your vegetables
|25 g (1 oz) butter||1. Melt butter in a large pan. Add onion and garlic and cook over
a low heat until soft.
|1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed||2. Stir in the ground coriander and cook for 2 minutes.|
|450 g (1 lb) sweet potato, peeled and cubed||3. Add sweet potato cubes and red pepper to the pan and cook
for 5 minutes
|850 ml (1½ pt) vegetable stock||4. Pour the vegetable stock over and bring to the boil. Cover and|
|1 onion, peeled and chopped||simmer for 30 minutes.|
|15 ml (1 tbsp) ground coriander||5. Allow to cool a little, and then blend in batches in a food processor or|
|2 red peppers, deseeded and diced||liquidiser. return to the rinsed-out pan and heat gently until piping hot.|
Ideas for the Upcoming Food Waste Campaign
If you have any ideas for the upcoming WI Food Waste Campaign with WRAP please write to us (contact details below). Ideas could be anything from what types of publications you would like to see, to what types of information you think the general public would find useful for helping them to reduce their food waste in the home.
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Tel: 0207 371 9300
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