Did you know that in Greater Manchester, 140,000 tonnes of food waste is put in general waste bins? Three quarters of this food waste could have been avoided too. We are working with councils across Greater Manchester to encourage residents to reduce and recycle their food waste.
Follow our tips below for ‘Buy, Keep, Eat, Repeat’, to help you plan meals, store your food right, use up leftovers and recycle food in your food caddy or bin!
With the rising cost of living, we know how important it is to save every penny. Follow our tips and guides below to help you save money on food…
We’ve put together a selection of recipe cards to help you make delicious and affordable meals without creating a ton of food waste
Quick Veggie Pie
Veggie Pasta Bake
We can all do our bit to prevent food waste by planning our meals, storing food properly and using leftovers.
Reducing food waste
Storing food correctly
Check your fridge temperature
Foods safety standards
Some restaurants and supermarkets sell their surplus food at the end of the day for a very discounted fee.
Fancy composting but you don’t have the facility? This app lets you find someone nearby with the facility that is happy to accept your scraps!
If you have overbought, you can share with your neighbours what you have that you think you will not use.
If you’re the type of person who always forgets something when grocery shopping, this app is a must.
Keep apples away from other fruits and veggies, ethylene gas may be good for potatoes, but it’s bad for almost everything else, it will make them ripen quicker, instead keep them in a plastic bag in the fridge.
Let avocado ripen at room temperature then put them in the fridge to halt the process and keep them ready to eat. Once you’ve cut them, keep the stone in the remaining half squeeze on a little lemon juice to preserve them even further.
Don’t separate bananas before eating wrap the stems of the bananas in clingfilm when you first buy them, and only snap one off when you’re ready to eat it. This should give you 3-5 extra days of perfectly ripe banana joy.
Wash berries in a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and 3 cups of water before you put them in the fridge – this kills the mould spores, make sure they are dry before storing them.
Wrap celery in foil it lets the gas that spoils it escape, rather than trapping it like plastic, so the celery stays crisp long enough
Fresh herbs can thrive if you store them in a glass of water on the windowsill. Alternatively if you have too many, chop and freeze them in handy ice cube trays, they will last for months and can be easily thrown in a pan and cooked on low. This method is best used with sturdier herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage, and oregano.
Limp lettuce can be rehydrate and refresh by separating the leaves and tossing them into a sink full of iced water for anywhere from 5-30 mins.
Put your onions in tights, put them in one at a time, knot between each bulb and keep them in a dark, dry place until you need them.
The best way to prevent potatoes sprouting is to keep an apple in the bag – apples produce ethylene gas, which keeps potatoes fresher and firmer.
Put paper towels with your salad. By putting a piece of kitchen roll in your salad and sealing the bag/container you can make it last longer. This will work by absorbing the condensation in the bag and keeping your salad leaves fresher for longer.
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