It’s the time of year for making resolutions and forming new habits.
It’s my 4th new year focusing on reducing food-waste. Being mindful of what food is purchased, used and disposed of.
The start of the new year is a perfect time to explain my simple Friday routine once more. And it’s the perfect time to remind myself of my ongoing quest to reduce waste, save money and serve up nutritious family meals.
According to Love Food Hate Waste;
“We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. It’s costing us £12.5bn a year and is bad for the environment too.”
Simply Being Mum’s No Waste Tastes Great 2014 Routine
- Thursday evening there’s a house meeting. Among other things, this is an ideal opportunity to identify what meals will be required the following week.
- Friday morning the fridge is cleaned. All items are removed and it’s sponge-cleaned with a mix of water and bicarbonate of soda.
- Anything fit for consumption goes back in the fridge. Items with a question mark on their edibility remain on the counter-top.
- A decision is made as to what can be safely eaten and what is food-waste. The aim is to reduce waste, as much as possible, by thinking outside the recipe and using imagination.
- The fridge is then restocked and a menu-plan for the forthcoming week devised. This is based on 6 days worth of meals (because I have yet to develop my skills enough to successfully plan 7-days – life gets in the way!).
(An inventory of the store cupboard and freezer also takes place to see what needs using up)
- The weekly meal-plan is written on the kitchen chalkboard for all to see. Anyone asking ‘what’s for dinner?’ is directed there!
(Spot the deliberate spelling mistake… okay – so maybe not so deliberate)
- If there is food that needs using up immediately then a No Waste Tastes Great meal is conjured up for Friday night. If the fridge is bare, it’s a trip to the chippy or takeaway for us. Mum gets a night off!
- Taking everything into account, a grocery list is pulled together. This gets mapped out – even at Christmas.
- Groceries are purchased the same day. The target is to spend just £50 on shopping – although this can increase some weeks. A further £10 is budgeted for Friday night.
Simply Being Mum’s No Waste Tastes Great Top Tips;
Keep an eye on the fridge throughout the week. Action may need to be taken before Friday to prevent food-waste.
Jot down, throughout the week, items that may need replenishing. These include condiments, spreads etc. A ceramic notepad is a great reusable way to keep note.
Make sure there are staple store cupboard and freezer items to hand. Even planning just 6 days doesn’t always go to plan. Emergency meals that can be made up quickly are life-savers. Keep in dried goods such as pasta and rice, as well as canned fish and frozen fruit and vegetables.
Stock up an emptying fridge with water bottles to help keep the fridge running efficiently..
Every few weeks have a use-it-up week. Don’t shop, just make up meals from what is in the freezer and cupboards. This can be very interesting, and actually a great way of discovering new recipes.
Be accountable. Blogging, each Friday, about my food waste has made a huge difference to the amount of food I now throw out. A huge difference. Commit to reducing food waste publically by blogging. Or if you don’t blog – join in here and over at The Frugal Girl’s Food Waste Friday.
Why not start today?
How’s your Fridge looking this Friday? Anything to declare? Or is it nice and bare? Please share…and don’t forget to drop a link in the comments if you’ve blogged about it!
No Waste Tastes Great is bought to you (as always) with thanks to The Frugal Girl for the original inspiration.