Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Much of the food we buy doesn’t get used, goes out of date, soft or mouldy before we have even taken a bite. There are lots of reasons for this, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
A little bit of planning can go a long way
Do you ever find it hard to plan meals because you don’t know how many you are planning for? A quick weekly meal plan can help establish who is likely to be at home for meals. You can use our handy 7-day meal planner to help. Don’t forget to bring your list with you to the shop! If guest numbers change at the last minute here are some top tips to help you make the most of your food
- If you haven’t started cooking, check your portions. It’s easy to get into the habit of cooking for a certain number regardless of who is going to be in. Take a quick look at our portion planner for easy tips on how to get portions right.
- If you end up with leftovers, see them as a perfect opportunity to save time and money. Even just one portion of food is perfect for freezing to be used as a ready meal for another time. A serving of stew, a piece of pie or portion of your favourite dessert used the next day for lunch saves all the bother of making sandwiches or the expense of buying your own.
- Well wrapped leftovers are fine in the fridge for 2 days (except rice which needs to be used within 24 hours) and remember that food can be safely frozen right up to and on the use-by date.
- If you’re new to the party planning scene or just want to get a sense of how much you should prepare for your get together, try this handy online portion planner from Love Food Hate Waste.
Hungry for some more tips? Have a look at our food waste reduction section.Together we can make sure our food ends up at the dinner table instead of the bin!
Remember to use #saveaslice and #saveaspud to help spread the word and keep our wonderful mascots from winding up as waste.