Mug Up On Portions

Much of the food we waste is thrown out because we prepared, cooked and served too much[1]. Love Food Hate Waste has an online portion planner to help you calculate the correct portion for adults and children.  If you are not keen on getting the scales out every time you cook, why not make your own measuring mug for those items where it’s hard to guess right, such as rice and pasta? Half a mug of uncooked rice is usually the right...

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Grate Stuff

Whether grating by hand or by using the food processor, grating blocks of your favourite hard cheese, especially when it’s on offer, will save both money and time as grated frozen cheese is easy to cook with.  Grating veg for your own coleslaw can give new life to onions, carrots and cabbage that may be getting a bit tired.  Even grating citrus fruit zest onto a piece of cling film, wrapping it tightly and freezing it will make good...

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Cute cube trays

Ice cube trays are for more than just ice!  Perfect for those small portions of liquids or sauces, foods can be frozen and then transferred to sealed bags.  It’s worth buying ones that are slightly flexible so that they don’t snap. Here are some ideas – Use up your fresh herbs by placing a spoonful in an ice cube tray. Cover with a small amount of water or melted butter and freeze. Recipes from salad dressings to cakes often call for...

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Did you pack that yourself?

Bread from the in-store bakery often comes in thin film or open wrappers and will probably need to be repacked in a good freezer bag with a clip before freezing.  A good clip on the end of a freezer bag containing uneaten garlic bread will also help prevent the smell tainting other food. We always try to convince ourselves that we will remember what’s in the freezer containers, but after a few weeks we really won’t.  Labels and a good...

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Freezer Blocks

If you are using tubs to freeze food, try to fill them fairly full to expel any air although leave a tiny bit of room for the frozen food to expand.  If you find that your tubs are not quite the right size, or you want to freeze items like soup in individual portions here’s a top tip:  Take a freezer tub – a take-away container is perfect.  Line it with a freezer bag and pour in what you want to freeze.  After it has frozen, you...

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Pressing Pause

Just under half of the avoidable food and drink wasted (worth around half a billion pounds) is binned because it’s ‘not used in time’: thrown away because it has either gone off or passed the date on the packaging[1].  Much of this food could have been frozen[2] and eaten later, or could have been stored better so that it lasted longer. Having a few simple kitchen items to help store or freeze food successfully can save a lot of...

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