Australian households, on average, waste up to 20% of the food they buy. If you’re grocery budget is $200 a week, that could add up to over $2,000 a year of your money wasted on food thrown out!
There’s a simple formula for reducing food waste and that is:
Buy what you need and eat what you buy.
Smart menu planning helps you buy only what you need. Storing your food correctly will ensure it doesn’t spoil before you eat it.
Keeping your fridge and pantry organised means that staples don’t get forgotten and go bad amongst the clutter.
Finally, employ a few tricks to use up any excess so that you eat what you buy and save.
Resources to help reduce food waste
- Printable fruit and vegetable storage guide
- Storing fruit and vegetables
- An organised pantry will save you money
- Simplifying your pantry
- Storing Fresh Herbs
Other tips on reducing waste:
- Shopping tactics to avoid impulse buys
- Understanding used-by dates
- Reduce waste by creating your own recipes (aka using leftovers)
- 8 ways to use up vegetables
- How to freeze zucchini (and other vegetables)
- How to freeze fruit
- How to revive limp vegetables
- Making preserves