Lately, my schedule has been so busy that really it seems like the only thing I’ve had time for (in Colourful Palate world) is sending out some tweets in the middle of my other projects. Summer is very busy for our family band and we’re doing a lot of traveling with our music and this weekend is no exception. So when Charlotte, a freelance writer from UK (love the spelling and words she uses!), offered to write a post for me – I was more than delighted.
Now I’m off for the weekend, but I promise you lots of great recipes and fun coming up this month. Until then here’s some awesome “waste not” tips for shopping, organization, and saving money (especially love the last tip!)…so here’s Charlotte!
Around 7.2 million tonnes of food waste is generated in the UK each year. This is not only a horrifying thought, when you consider the number of children dying around the world each year from starvation, but it’s also a staggering amount when you consider the fact that there are concerns about the growing levels of ill health through weight problems in the UK. On a very basic level it equates to nearly £700 per family per year. If nothing else, this should be enough for many of us to get our thinking caps on and find ways to reduce our food waste. The good news is that there are a number of simple tricks to reducing the amount of unnecessary food that you buy – and then throw out. The simplest is surprisingly old fashioned and it’s called the shopping list. This little trick of the household management trade appears everywhere on the internet and in plenty of print media advice sections. Not only a time saver, it really does help to save you money as well. I’m afraid to admit it but I’m a long time maker of lists, and I’m not sure how I would manage without them anymore.
Here are a few tips to making the shopping list do the work for you.
- Have a pen and paper handy in the kitchen. The number of times I’ve gone list-lessly to the shops and then can’t remember exactly what it was I thought we needed, I’ve lost count of. Whenever you run out of something in the course of the day add it to the list. This way you’ll not risk either running out of, or forgetting anything, when faced with those dazzling and tempting supermarket aisles.
- For dried foods, and anything that can be stored for long periods of time, buy the cheaper varieties. There’s a lot less difference between brand names and the basic variety when it comes to simple products like rice, lentils and cereals. For fresh food try making the list with a weekly eating plan in mind and only buy ingredients you’ll use. This is a bit of challenge at first, but will save on food waste and hard cash.
- For fresh ingredients such as veg, fruit, organic milk and meat it’s worth considering delivery services. This may seem like pouring money down a drain but there are some smaller services that can deliver daily and don’t charge for delivery; likely suspects include your local milkman, who may well offer a grocery delivery service in addition to the usual milk and other dairy products. Ordering what you’ll need every few days and using it up will definitely cut down on waste.
- Buy ingredients that can be used in different dishes. Minced beef can be frozen in batches and used in a whole range of different meals from bolognaise, chilli through to meatballs. Large batches of a dish like this can also be made in bulk and then portioned and frozen; this requires a bit of effort in the short term but saves loads of time, money and potential waste in the longer term.
- The shopping list, combined with a little planning, may seem an ineffective tool in the face of global poverty and hunger, but it can be a very effective step in cutting the amount you spend on food and the amount of waste in your own home. You may not save the world with your shopping list but it is another small step for super-mum.
Charlotte loves to blog about Beauty, Food & Drink covering everything from the newest fashion trends to healthy foods like Organic Milk. On her spare time she loves shopping, discovering new products & enjoys getting lost in new places as she writes away about online food delivery.
Note from Charissa: Hope you guys enjoyed the tips and thank you Charlotte for such a helpful guest post! Disclaimer: This post was compensated.
What are your best “waste not” tips for groceries? I’m trying to save more so I’d LOVE your best tips!
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