Wasting food really bothers me. And I mean REALLY bothers me. Aside from those gut-wrenching adverts for starving children on the tele and my self-confessed romance with food, I hate wasting money. Plus there is something else. In a time when less and less of us are sufficiently green-fingered enough to cultivate our own veg, it seems to me we are inadvertently – and somewhat reluctantly – becoming more reliant on greedy money-making supermarkets. Not only do I think that their perfectly-formed, fresh produce often lacks flavour (I love a misshapen vegetable), but also the combination of pre-packed goods and money saving “deals” mean we buy more than we need. And therefore, we waste more.
If anyone watched the BBC’s Eat Well For Less programme a few months ago, it was fascinating to see how much an average family wastes. I aspire to buy what I need and shop locally, but this isn’t always realistic in terms of budget or ease. Wherever I end up shopping, I want to minimise my waste. I read this week that it is estimated 15 million tonnes of food is wasted every year in the UK. 15 MILLION tonnes! That’s incredible. In fact it’s quite shameful and just generally really rubbish (no pun intended). I truly believe a few small changes can make a big difference. Not only to the amount we waste but also to the meals we make. So I’ve compiled my top five tips for minimising waste and making the most of what you’ve got.