In Scotland, we waste almost a fifth of the food we buy every year. That is very expensive. Bute cut food waste and you could save around £470 a year.
- Before you set off, check round the cupboards, fridge and freezer to see what food you already have in (and the best before and use by labels). That way you can buy what you really need.
- Once you know what you need, make a shopping list and stick to it. It help you to avoid impulse buying, buying more than you can use or doubling up on items you already have.
- Write a meal plan for the week ahead – so you only buy what you need. It’s also a good way to stretch out your ingredients, e.g. leftover bolognaise can be turned into a chilli con carne.
- Check out the date stamps and storage advise on the food you buy, so nothing goes to waste. And try not to shop on an empty stomach!! The hungrier you are, the more likely it is you’ll impulse buy.
- Leftovers or food you can’t use immediately can be stored in the fridge and/or freezer to reuse later. Just remember to check the storage advise (i.e. not all foods are suitable for freezing) plus label and date any leftovers.
- Buy fresh vegetables and fruit frequently resulting in less waste, since buying in bulk can cause waste if not all used up while fresh.