Dairy lovers hate waste
Can you imagine what £800 million looks like? I bet you never thought it would look like a mountain of milk, cheese, yoghurt, cream, or butter. Yes, we throw away that amount of dairy products! “Why?” I can hear you cry. The answer is that most of it is thrown away because we don’t use it before it turns into a green smelly thing in the fridge or cupboard!
It’s easy to love our dairy products a little bit more. Here’s our easy to follow guide to help your dairy products last longer and get used in lovely recipes, instead of finding a new home in your bin.
Dairy products love the fridge and the freezer. First of all make sure that your fridge thermostat is set below 5°c and that your freezer thermostat is below -18°c. This can make a difference to how long your food can last.
Get your portions sorted out. You’d be surprised at how little cheese is actually in a portion!
Wrap it up well in the fridge. High fat foods including cheese, cream and blocks of margarine will dry out if they’re not tightly wrapped. This is why the corners of your cheese go hard and change colour if the cling film isn’t covering the whole block. Store your cheese, margarine or cheese in an airtight container – you don’t have to buy one, use an old margarine tub or takeaway container.
Freeze it. Dairy products may seem like a strange thing to freeze, but some of them freeze quickly and easily.
Whip up a tasty treat. Or follow the recipes below to create a lovely meal using up whatever is left in the fridge.
|Dairy product||How much is thrown away?||What’s that worth?||Perfect portion for 1||Leftovers ideas||Dairy loves the freezer|
|Milk||360,000 tonnes||£280m each year||200 ml||Milk can be added to smoothies or soured milk is perfect for making soured milk scones||Can be frozen. Portion off into useable quantities in ice cube trays. Thaw in the fridge and beat if it separates.|
|Cheese||38,000 tonnes||£240m each year||30g||Cheese can be added to omelettes, make cheese on toasts , add to pizzas or pastas||Hard cheeses are ideal for freezing, grate and portion off into usable quantities before freezing. Store them in polythene bags or containers when in the freezer. You can use the cheese from frozen to add to recipes or thaw in the fridge in a container and use within two days.|
|Yoghurt / yoghurt drink||80,000 tonnes||£210m each year||150 ml||Yoghurt can be added to smoothies for a healthy breakfast or to use to make pancakes||Put the yoghurt pot in the freezer. You can also pour the yoghurt in to lollipop molds and freeze to eat as a treat.|
|Cream||We don’t know||Cream can be used to make omelettes or mocha pots||Cream with 40% butterfat freezes well, just whip it before hand and store it in plastic containers. Thaw in the fridge and stir or whip before using it.|
|Butter||We don’t know||7g||If you have any ideas for using up little bits of butter or margarine please let us know||Can be frozen, portion off into blocks, use the original wrapping to cover and place in polythene bags and freeze. Thaw overnight in fridge and use within a week|