Did you know that the average Australian household throws away $40 worth of food per week, $2200 per year! 25% of household rubbish is food waste and 1 in 5 bags of groceries end up in the bin. Crazy huh!
Here are some tips to help you reduce the amount of food you waste and save a little money in the meantime.
1. Meal Plan
Each week set aside some time to make a plan of what meals you will make and what ingredients you will need for each one so you know exactly what grocery items you will have to purchase. Meal planning can seem a bit daunting to start off however with a little planning you will be saving money and throwing out less food in no time at all. It can help if you write a list of all the meals you like to make then each week you can simply look at the list and pick a few options off it for your meal plan.
2. Freeze Herbs
Why is it that when you need herbs for a recipe you only ever need a few sprigs and are left with a big bunch that is wilting and looking sad in your fridge? A great way to reduce wastage and have herbs on hand for the next time you need them is to freeze them. Their texture won’t be the same however the flavour will be there so they are perfect to use in cooked recipes rather than salads. Chop the herbs finely and fill ice cube trays so they are three-quarters full. Top with boiling water and freeze. Once frozen you can store the frozen cubes in snap lock bags and use as needed.
3. Make a Big Pot of Soup
Dig out all those sad limp vegetables that are sitting in the bottom of your crisper and make a big pot of vegetable soup. Vegetables like celery, potato, spinach, tomatoes, carrots & eggplant make a great addition to a soup with a tomato base.There are hundreds of easy soup recipes to whip up and you’ll have a comforting and nourishing bowl of soup sitting in your lap in no time. You can also freeze any leftover portions which make a quick, easy and healthy dinner when you’ve no time to cook.
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4. Cook Meals in Bulk and Freeze in Portions
Save yourself time and money by cooking in bulk and freezing a portion or two. It doesn’t take much more effort to double the quantity of ingredient and cook an extra large batch. Meals like lasagne, spaghetti bolognese, Thai curries and frittata are easy to cook in large quantities and they defrost well too.
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5. Freeze Fruit
Buy fruit from the markets at the end of the day or when it is nearly overripe and you’ll be sure to bag a bargain. Things like mangoes, berries and bananas all freeze really well and make a great addition to smoothies and baking recipes. With fruit like mango, peel them, cut the flesh off the pip and store in a snap lock bag in the freezer. You can do the same with bananas, simply peel and chop them and store in bags in the freezer. Did you know that you can also freeze avocado flesh? It is a great addition to smoothies to make them nice and thick and creamy.
Simply by make a few easy changes and following some or all of these tips you’ll save yourself money, reduce the amount of food you waste each week and save yourself time with all the meals you have stored in your freezer for those days when you don’t have time or just can’t be bothered cooking.
Have a think about what you’ll do with the money you save… maybe a nice holiday will be on the cards! Don’t forget you can get some cashback on a holiday too if you book through Cashrewards.