How to throw away less food, and spend less at the supermarket

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Ultimate hacks to save food, time and save money

Londoners waste a lot of food. 43,000 London buses full actually. The even more disturbing part is that all of that could have been eaten because it was still usable food. We throw out of 2.5 slices of bread every day. 1 in 4 apples are never eaten. Students are significant contributors to this, wasting nearly 800g of food a week. Ouch.

Of course, many if not most students will be new to living alone and will be navigating their way through their kitchens for the first time while at Uni. But fear not, help is at hand. Love Food Hate Waste is a campaign aimed at helping reducing waste and is a great resource for students to get through university eating well and within budget.

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Nine food hacks from Love Food Hate Waste


Turning it into a Little Win

Portioning pasta for you and your roommates

Curl your pointer finger. Using your thumb, touch the first crease in your finger to show how much pasta is sufficient for a single portion. Touch the second crease for 2 portions and the tip of your finger for three. No gadgets required and no more waste

Shared fridges - keep your fridge temperature below 5°C

Research shows that up to 70% of our fridges are too warm, meaning food won’t last as long as it could. Milk goes off much quicker if the fridge is just a few degrees too warm

Freeze anything

The freezer acts like a pause button on food and so you can freeze it right up to the use-by date. Ideally use within 6 months but don't panic if it's been there longer. It will just need longer, slower cooking and a bit more added flavour like herbs and spices

Overripe tomatoes

Don’t throw out soft tomatoes that are no good for sandwiches or salads. Blitz them in a blender and use in place of tinned tomatoes for pasta or as a pizza base

Wilting salad leaves

Next time you buy a bag of salad leaves pop a sheet of kitchen towel in the bag and lie it flat with the leaves on top. This way the towel will soak up all the excess moisture and keep your salad crisp

Milk not being used up quickly enough

Freeze milk in ice cube trays before its ‘use by’ date to use when you need it - especially if you are going away on holiday. You can then pop them straight into your tea or coffee

Make croutons from stale bread

A great way to use a stale loaf of bread is to make croutons. Cut up into blocks, put them in a freezer bag with some olive oil and rosemary, give the bag a really good shake and then bake them in the oven until they are crisp and golden brown

Keep celery crisp

Remove the plastic packaging, wrap celery in tin foil and keep in the fridge. They stay fresher and crisper for longer

Fresh herbs 24/7

Flavour your food without relying on dried ingredients. Place your favourite fresh herbs in an ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze. Pop them straight into the pot for delicious stews

For more tips on how to spend less at the supermarket check out our list of 7 top kitchen hacks.