Each week the average UK household bins approximately 6.5 kg of unwanted food. That equates to a third of a ton of wasted food that’s being sent to landfills each year across the country from every single UK home. Yikes!
Hard to visualise? Think the same weight as a grand piano, or twice as heavy as a panda.
Basically, it’s quite a lot. But what’s causing this trend? Generally speaking, we’re overestimating exactly how much food we need and underestimating how long we can keep it for.
Studies show that leftovers from Sunday roast dinners and Chinese takeaways are the main culprits of our household food wastage. Equally, salad, potatoes, carrots and other one-off ingredients purchased to use for special recipes are regularly binned on a weekly basis.
Not only does this wastage contribute to the release of harmful greenhouse gases and CO2 emissions into our atmosphere, but it is also makes it difficult for us to save money.
But it’s not all doom-and gloom. Making small changes to the way you buy your food can help make huge a difference to the wider impact of food waste – as well as your pocket. And as they say, there’s no time like the present!
Why not check out our four easy steps to maximise your leftovers and reduce your household food waste.
Step 1 – Identify the Problem
The first step to solving any problem is realising that there’s on there in the first place! Take a moment to look around your fridges, cupboards and fruit bowls to see what you’ve got left from your weekly shop. Here at the TGTG headquarters, we came across half an avocado, an egg, a couple of slices bread, tomatoes and peppers that needed to be eaten. So we carried out a little experiment…
Step 2 – Get Creative
We decided to explore the boundaries of our creativity. Coordinating and combining these ingredients involved an element of careful thought and planning. Remember that when you’re faced with the challenge of creating a meal out of leftovers, it is best to decide whether you can incorporate it into a breakfast, lunch or dinner menu. Which leads us onto step 3!
Step 3 – Make a meal out of it
Breakfast/brunch was the order of the day. The egg was fried sunny side up, and our veggie accompaniments were sliced and dressed with freshly ground black pepper. You don’t need to follow a traditional recipe. Trust your inner Gordon Ramsay and make a meal out of your leftovers!
Step 4 – Grab a fork and dig in!
All there was left to do was dig in! Of course you may have a mix of other ingredients that need using up in your home. The same principle applies – look at what you have, decide when you want to eat it, get creative with your ingredients and make a meal out of it.
Feeling inspired? Make a meal using your leftovers and tag #tgtg on social media!