If rubbish could talk, it would tell us that an area larger than China is used to grow food that is never eaten. Food waste, how do you fair? Take our quiz to find out.
What’s the difference between “Best Before” and “Use By”
On average a UK family will throw away about £810 of food per year (Wrap – Retail Survey 2019). Understanding the difference between ‘use-by’ and ‘best-before’ dates helps you to reduce amount of food waste– ‘use by’ is about safety and food isn’t safe to eat after this date. ‘Best before’ is about quality and foods are perfectly safe to eat after this date, they just might not taste as good.
Over 5.8 million glasses of what, are wasted each year in the UK?
Trust your senses (smell it..). Milk freezes well, so if you're heading away, freeze the remainder in your ice tray and add cubes to your next brew. Or blend it with some leftover fruit for a delicious smoothie.
How many slices of bread are thrown away each year on average in the UK?
20 million, yes 20 million whole slices of bread are thrown away each year! (Wrap – 2020 Study)
Bread doesn't have a long shelf life but that doesn’t mean it has to be wasted. If you find yourself with a stale loaf, why not make your own breadcrumbs? Or freeze it. Simply slice it, wrap it well and defrost as needed. It can stay in your freezer for up to three months.
What type of food do we throw away the most each year in the UK?
Fresh Veg & salad makes up 28% of the total food wastage in the UK.
Keep your fruit and veg in the fridge as it will last longer (apart from potatoes, onions, bananas and pineapple). Keep bagged salad and spinach leaves fresher by putting a piece of kitchen towel in the bag it will stop the leaves going slimy.
What can the average family of four save each month by reducing food waste?
A family of four can save around £810 per year by reducing food waste. And better still, there’s some easy to implement ways to achieve this. Write a shopping list, plan your meals, remember what is in the fridge, and buy only what you need.
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Using your loaf
Glorious! Impressive! Congratulations! You’re certainly using your ‘loaf’ to reduce food waste! Don’t let your food knowledge go to waste … why not share your tips, advice and recipes with others.
Whilst there are some gaps in your food waste knowledge, you could still be doing great things to prevent food waste. So it’s not all rotten tomatoes. Check out our blogs and rubbish tips or follow us on social for more useful advice.
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