A Love Food Hate Waste Bakery Bonanza
The fantastic choice of bakery goods, biscuits, cakes and desserts on sale gives us an opportunity to save time and grab something that will satisfy our sweet or savoury tooth. Whether you need a loaf for sandwiches, fancy a pastry for breakfast, feel like you need a sweet cake treat or just want to feel the achievement of saying ‘I made that’.
If you’ve been on our website before you’ll know that the most thrown away food is bread and hopefully you’ve been introduced to Slice, one of the 24 million pieces of bread that finds its way into the bin every day in the UK. Remember, you can save Slice using some of the great tips we’ve pulled together and the many other ideas out in the wider world.
It’s not just Slice though, considering the huge demand and love of homemade or shop-bought cakes and other goodies for birthdays, charity fundraising, school events, simple ‘thank you’ gifts or just the well-deserved workplace break it’s shocking that cakes are also in the top 10 of wasted food.
A whopping 450,000 tonnes of bakery goods, 160,000 tonnes of cakes and desserts and even 19,000 tonnes of biscuits with a combined value of over £1.5 billion are thrown away from our homes each year – mostly because we don’t eat them in time.
Keeping things fresh
Bread will keep best on the kitchen side, in a bread bin or in the freezer – but not in the fridge where it will quickly go stale. Keep bags of bread, packets of scones or croissants sealed to stop the air getting to it and drying it out – you could use a bag clip or transfer the items into an airtight container such as a ziplock bag or re-used takeaway container.
Biscuits, like bread, also need a dry, cool storage place. So keep open packets of biscuits closed up tightly with a bag clip or in a biscuit tin/box to avoid them going soft or soggy.
Cakes are sometimes thrown away because we would rather bin them than be tempted into eating too many at once! The freezer is your superhero in these situations and is a great option for both bought and homemade items as it will keep them fresh and also prevents us from over indulging. Wrap them in individual portions or slices to keep them at their best.
Use Your Loaf
Now you’ve taken your time to check out how you can Save a Slice and rid Slice of tears we’re going to point you in the direction of some more great things you could do.
Love Food Hate Waste have teamed up with a Great British Bake Off Champion, Nancy Birtwhistle, to share top tips and tricks to help you make the most of your leftover bread. Here Nancy is showing delicious meals you could make with your extra bread before feeding to the birds, or your food recycling bin.
If you want to make these recipes check out:
But there are lots more you can try…