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Love Food Hate Waste

Food waste is a major issue. Households in the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year! This is equivalent to £50 per household and it costs us £12.5bn a year, not to mention that it’s bad for the environment too.

The Love Food Hate Waste campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help us take action. By doing some practical, easy, everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will not only benefit our purses but also the environment.

MUDC partner with Love Food Hate Waste for a number of national and regional campaigns each year including workshops and cookery demonstrations and are available to help individuals looking for practical advice.

Here are some quick and easy ways to make the most of your food (Source: Love Food Hate Waste

It pays to plan

Planning your meals is one of the best ways to cut food waste. Before you go hopping check what’s in your fridge, freezer and store cupboard. Write a shopping list before you head out and stick to it – it can save time and money.

Know your dates

The ‘use by’ date is key in terms of food safety. Never eat food after this date. ‘Best before’ dates refer to quality rather than food safety.

Getting to know your freezer

You don’t have to freeze food on the day you buy it – you can freeze it before the ‘use by’ date then defrost and use within 24 hours.

Savvy storage

Always follow the storage guidance on food packs to enjoy your food at its best.

Perfect portions

Make sure you use the right portions. An average-sized mug is great for measuring uncooked rice – one adult portion is about a quarter of a mug. Don’t worry if you cook too much food, you can freeze leftovers or eat them for lunch the next day.

Make the most out of the food you buy (Source: Love Food Hate Waste)

Fruit and veg

Store fruit (except bananas and pineapples) and vegetables (except potatoes and onions) in the fridge to keep fresher for longer. Try using fruit on your cereal or in a curry. Over-ripe fruit is great in a smoothie.


Don’t put your bread in the fridge as it’ll go stale more quickly. Keep it in a cool, dark place instead. Bread keeps well in the freezer. To toast it simply pop a frozen slice directly into the toaster for a little longer than usual.


Cheese freezes well if you grate it first. It can be used straight from frozen for omelettes and toppings on meals like shepherd’s pie.  You can also freeze yoghurt. When it’s defrosted it’s perfect in smoothies.

Homemade meals, ready meals, meat and fish

These are suitable for home freezing.If your plans change and you can’t eat them fresh, simply pop them in the freezer before the ‘use by’ date. Once defrosted, use within 24 hours.

Have a look at the Love Food Hate Waste website for more information and to download some useful hints, tips and recipes for reducing food waste in your home www.lovefoodhatewaste.com