When we first started living on a tight grocery budget I thought that by committing to spend less on food it would be as simple as setting a smaller amount to spend each week. Oh how wrong I was!
Did you know that up to 40% of the food we buy can end up in the bin? That’s astounding to me now but years ago I used to throw food in the bin without hesitation.
Think about it this way; if you buy a bag of 5 apples for €1, that’s 20c per apple. If you only eat 3 of those apples and throw away 2 then you’ve lost/wasted 40c that you could have spent on something else. Scale that up on a shopping budget of €100 per week, and you could be literally ‘throwing away’ €40 a week. Over a year, that works out at over €2,000!!!
What could you do with a saving of €2,000 a year?
Here’s how to minimise your food waste at home and increase your savings instead:
Bullet Points For Brochure:
- Proper storage saves food; invest in freezer proof boxes and bags.
- Make use of your freezer; it’s a brilliant pause button.
- Use veg past its best in soups and stews.
- Blitz over-ripe fruit into smoothies, jams, and homemade ice pops.
- Before you go shopping check to see if you really need to buy. Do a store cupboard stocktake.
- Freeze slices of bread per portion by separating them with grease proof paper. Take out the portions as you need them.
- Store bananas for longer by hanging them on a hook. Keep bananas out of the fruit bowl because they will make all your other fruit ripen faster.
- Check you’re storing your food properly!
- Eggs sold in Ireland can be stored in a cool dry spot (and not in the fridge) providing you stick to the recommended dates on the box.
- Never store your potatoes or onions in the fridge. They need to be stored in a dark cool place and preferably not in plastic. Use a brown paper bag and make sure they are stored away from direct sunlight.
- Invest in some bag clips to keep bags of dry foodstuffs sealed when you’re not using them.
FoodCloud is a social enterprise committed to redistributing food from our supermarkets to those who need it most in our communities. From your local meals-on-wheels to bigger organisations such as DePaul, we’ve committed to providing over 1 million meals to FoodCloud by 2020.
I was lucky enough to visit their head office recently. To be honest I’ve been following the progress of FoodCloud for many years so this was a fantastic chance for me to see their work in person. I’ve compiled a small video of how I got on here:
In fact, I was so impressed with what they do, I’ll be working with FoodCloud and sharing my recipes for leftovers and tips to manage food waste in their newsletters that go out to the charities they work with.