Over 1/3 of all food produced globally goes to waste and research has shown that all the world’s nearly one billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe. Stats like these continue to shock us and should be a constant reminder to everyone that the issue of food waste is a worldwide problem that needs tackling.
Minimising food waste needn’t be a complicated process; we created the problem, so it is up to us to solve it. The most important thing to consider is being resourceful with what you have and adapting to small changes that you can implement within your own home. We believe that caring is the first step towards making a change, so here are some ideas on how to show you care and minimise food waste at home.
Creating meal plans for the week ahead is the best way to get started. Pre-planning and creating a shopping list week by week will allow you to know exactly what you need to buy. All this requires is half an hour out of your Sunday afternoon each week to sit down and prep for the week ahead. You could also give yourself a night off some evenings and schedule in a selection of Simple Foods prepared meals to enjoy. This is a realistic, small change to your lifestyle but it will make a big difference to your food wastage. Just think, if you’re not buying unnecessary things, it is less likely they’ll go to waste.
Make your herbs last longer
Fresh herbs are a welcome addition to any kitchen, a little garnish can spruce up the simplest of meals and add a rich source of valuable nutrients. However, fresh herbs have a short life span and are best used when they’re first bought or picked. So, to extend their shelf life and avoid those dreaded soggy leaves, simply fill a glass of water and store your herbs like a bunch of flowers or try freezing your herbs in ice cube trays along with olive oil to use in your cooking at a later date.
Preserving your fruit bowl
Overfilling your fruit bowl with a colourful assortment of fruits is a common mistake that most of us are guilty of. You have every intention of enjoying every single one, but fruit has a short shelf life and sometimes this isn’t possible. If you notice that your fruit is starting to get old, get out your chopping board and dice them all up to make a lovely smoothie. Or, to preserve it for that little bit longer, pop the chopped pieces into the freezer for future smoothies. All you'll need to do is add a handful of frozen fruit, half a banana, a spoonful of yoghurt and a good glug of milk to a blender and blitz, adding a little more milk if it's too thick and a little bit of honey if you'd like it sweeter.
Stock up on Simple Foods
Make your life a lot easier and stock up on our perfectly portioned home cooked meals delivered straight to your door, meaning nothing goes to waste (simply post all of the packaging back to us and we will recycle the different components). This guilt free option is ideal for those of us on the go as you can dedicate certain days of the week to enjoying our healthy pre made meals, making that meal planning a lot more manageable. Or you can use any leftover veggies you may have and pair them with our protein or base portions to create your very own mix and match meal.
For people on the go, Simple Foods delivers healthy, home cooked and ready-made meals like this straight to your front door or work space. Sustainable practices are hugely important to us and we want Simple Foods to be part of creating a better environment. Our UK based food boxes mindfully source produce from British farmers and we recycle or repurpose all of our packaging.