We all know that spending less in the shops are going to save us money, but how can we take that one step further? Today I’m looking at products that help us to reduce food waste.
I’ve spoken before about the damaging effects of food waste in our supermarket industry but today I want to cover things on a household scale. Which is why I’ve created this list of products that are set to help you reduce food waste and save money.
Fruit & Veg Saver
Did you know the average British family throws away £500 worth of fruit and vegetables per year? It can often seem that we’ve only just been to the supermarket, and already we’re throwing out our fresh fruit and veg.However, now we have these fantastic, simple products known as fruit and veg savers
They have been used by organic farmers for more than 20 years. Designed to extend the shelf-life of fruit and vegetables by up to three times.
They are completely safe, non-toxic, organic and can be fully recycled. Using them couldn’t be easier. Simply place one in each of your fridges draws, in storage containers or in the bottom of your fruit bowl.
It sounds too good to be true, so let me explain the science behind it… Most fruits and vegetables emit ethylene gas as they ripen. However, these fruits and vegetables are also highly sensitive this gas, and the presence will speed up the rate in which fruits and vegetables ripen. Therefore creating a chain reaction of ripening and rotten produce.
However, don’t just take my word for it. Check out the many Amazon reviews…
Food Huggers are another fantastic product that can help you reduce food waste. These silicone covers help preserve the freshness of leftover fruits and vegetables.
All you need to do is push the remainder of the product half down into the hugger most suitable (based on size) and then save it in the fridge until you need it again. Made with 100% FDA silicone, food huggers are 100% BPA and phthalate free.
They help reducing food waste by creating a seal to hold in the natural juices. Preventing exposure to circulating air, which can cause food to spoil or dehydrate.
I love the flexibility of food huggers. They can also be used to reseal open jars or cans, they are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. Making them suitable for so many products in your kitchen.
Personally, pasta has to be the most wasted food in our house.Which is why I love this product
The spaghetti measurer from Joseph and Joseph allows you to adjust it in size based on the number of people you are cooking for. Not only does this stop you from overeating due to bigger portion sizes, but it also reduces food waste.
Embrace the leftovers!
Too many times we’ve cooked more than required, or even batch cooked items to save ourselves time in the future. Storage containers are an affordable way of preserving those items.
What’s great about storage containers is the variety of different shapes and sizes they come in which makes them suitable for all different food items and portion sizes. We always recommend getting a dishwasher safe storage container to make cleaning them once you’ve finished easier.
As hard as we try, there are some items of food that will always be inedible. However, the story for that particular item of food doesn’t have to end there. Instead, purchase a compost bin for your garden and naturally compost the food waste. There are so many benefits to a compost bin for your food waste including;
The reduction of organic materials to landfill, therefore, reducing emissions
The use of the food waste compost to improve soil health and structure
The use of food waste compost to reduce the need for supplemental water, fertilisers and pesticides. Not only are these items incredibly bad for the environment, but they are also a costly solution that can be avoided thanks to your compost bin.
There’s a whole different range of composting bins. It’s best to browse the market before committing to a purchase to ensure you have one that meets your composting needs, the size of your garden and the amount of food waste you expect to put into the bin.
The video below will explain more about how to start a food waste compost bin;
Here are some food items you can, and can not use as part of your food compost;
- All your vegetable and fruit wastes, (including rinds and cores) even if they are moldy and ugly
- Old bread, donuts, cookies, crackers, pizza crust, noodles: anything made out of flour!
- Grains (cooked or uncooked): rice, barley, you name it
- Coffee grounds, tea bags, filters
- Fruit or vegetable pulp from juicing
- Old Spices
- Outdated boxed foods from the pantry
- Eggshells (crush well)
- Corn cobs and husks (cobs breakdown very slowly)
- Meat or meat waste, such as bones, fat, gristle, skin, etc.
- Fish or fish waste
- Dairy products, such as cheese, butter, cottage cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream, etc.
- Grease and oils of any kind
There we have it, my top products to reduce waste. As always I’d love to know the gadgets you’re using in your kitchen to reduce food waste – be sure to let me know in the comments below.