Your fridge and freezer are Superheroes at reducing food waste
Over the last 2 weeks if you’ve tried the food waste diary and started planning your meals you’ve probably become a bit of a food Superhero yourself. Have you tried our quiz to check out which of our Superheroes you are? This week we’re going to introduce you to the unsung hero in your kitchen – your fridge and freezer.
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In the UK 800,000 tonnes of food, valued at £2 billion on shop shelves, is thrown away from homes because it is not used in time – and that’s where your fridge and freezer can save the day.
Be a Savvy Storer
We all use the fridge every day and probably don’t think that much about it. Getting the milk for a cuppa is just a habit after all!
The fridge comes in all shapes and sizes, here are a couple from our homes in all their glory, looking different and used very differently too.
Whether your fridge is a giant one like Roger’s, a neat compact one like the office one or one that seems to have Tardis like properties it’s still brilliant. We love them so much we’ve now got an interactive fridge on our website too, it’s for you to explore with some great tips to get the best out of it.
Here’s a few heroic things you might not know about your fridge/freezer:
- The average household has enough food in their freezer to make main meals for 11 days, in fact it’s estimated that UK homes have an enormous £860 million worth of food in them.
- Your fridge can remind you to eat up food before it goes off – if you keep a shelf in your fridge for items that will go past their use by date in the next few days and make sure it’s at eye level they’re going to be harder to forget. Food can be frozen up to the use by date so freeze it instead of throwing it out.
- Label everything you put in the freezer to avoid having an unidentified frozen object (UFO), put a date on it too. Keeping a list of your freezer content on the door will make it quicker and easier to plan your meals.
- Check your fridge is below 5oC. If it is, your chicken and salad will last 3 days longer.
- The correct temperature of your freezer is -18oC, which is the temperature sea water freezes at. Any food in there is in a state of suspended animation, no bacteria grows, no mould and when it defrosts it’s still safe to eat
- Apples keep 2 weeks longer in the fridge, in fact the only fruits that won’t keep longer in the protective cold are bananas and pineapples
- All sorts of things can be frozen – have you tried eggs, milk, cheese, pesto and potatoes
- Anything you freeze now will taste great in December; it will be perfect to use in the busy run up to Christmas when a meal from the freezer may be just what you need.
Your fridge and freezer are also brilliant if you are a spontaneous food shopper, like the reduced section or tend to forget your list. So many things store better and longer in the fridge and freezer so you can buy the extra and not worry too much about eating all the same day. There are loads of guides online explaining how to freeze all sorts of food items and we’d love to hear about what you do or any great fridge and freezer tips you find out this week.
A tip from Slice
Slice’s tip of the week is that you can make your sandwiches on frozen bread in the morning and they’ll have defrosted by lunch time – no need to spend extra to buy lunch if you forget to get bread out the freezer.
Spud will be here next week as our special feature is all about potatoes.