Crack down on food waste & make your grub go further with these cash saving tips

SAVE on food waste, save on cash: It’s a win-win.

Every year, households in the UK throw away £400 worth of food each — that comes to about £10billion in total.

So to celebrate national Stop Food Waste Day today, I have put together some tips on how to make your grub go further.

PORTION CONTROL: Freeze everything in portion sizes. Pop meat, mash and sauces in reusable freezer bags or tubs and then simply get out what you need to cook when you want it.

SWEET TREAT: Peaches, plums and other fruit that have been sitting in the bowl too long are generally great for desserts. Bake with butter and oats for a crumbly dessert. Add an egg and whisk before baking for a take on the new baked-porridge brekkie trend. Over-ripe bananas can be blended and frozen to make a banana ice-cream, which is also low in calories. Add peanut butter for even more flavour.

VEG OUT: Peelings can be baked and salted for snacks, while leftover salad items (spinach or lettuce leaves, say) can be blended with nuts and cheese to make a speedy pesto for pasta.

TAKEAWAY TAKE TWO: When I treat myself to an Indian takeaway, there is always a little sauce left in the tub. So I freeze it and then when I need a quick dinner on another day, I roast some veg or fry some meat, defrost the sauce and then throw it together in a pan. Bulking out with tinned beans or chickpeas (60p, Tesco) helps. And then just add a portion of rice (microwave rice is 35p at Lidl, or grab 1kg of easy-cook rice for 85p) for a yummy meal that feels like a real treat — and it costs mere pennies.

ONE STEP FURTHER: For more brilliant ideas like these, head to lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes for some interesting leftover recipes. You could also try supercook.com, where you input your leftover ingredients and it will come up with recipes for those things in particular.

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Deal of the day

CAR in need of a little TLC? Head to Wilko and grab a bottle of Triplewax 500ml Liquid Gold car shampoo for £2.50, usually £4.50.

SAVE: £2

Cheap treat

NEW Skittles ice creams are on offer for £1.50, down from £3, at Iceland. Will you go for Crazy Sours or Wild Berry?

SAVE: £1.50

Giselle’s little helper

ANOTHER great way to help stop food waste is to use apps such as Too Good To Go, which links up with restaurants to offer their leftover food at a bargain rate.

With Costa Coffee and Greggs on board, the amount of food you get for around £3 is brilliant.

See toogoodtogo.co.uk for more details.

Top swap


I DO love the chrome tripod spotlight table lamp from Furniture Village. But it is £89 so I would go for the Mano Mano version, on sale for £33.99.

SAVE: £55.01

What’s new?

THE Co-op joins with the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation during Allergy Awareness Week (until May 2) to help fund research.

It will donate ten per cent from the sale of every Co-op Free From product sold during Allergy Awareness Week to the foundation.

A Free From margherita pizza is £2.

Shop and save

MORRISONS is now selling packs of pink lemonade-flavoured doughnuts. A pack of five is just 50p.

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GEORGE at Asda is selling cute unicorn bean bags for just £25. Find them in store only.

 

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