Skip to main content

Stop wasting your food


Disgusting - that's the only word to describe some of the things I find in the bottom of my vegetable crisper.

Mushy, plastic covered cucumbers, disintegrated zucchinis and dried up lettuce seem to be the main offenders, but there's also that meat I forgot to cook before the use by date.

Unfortunately, it would seem I'm not on my own. Here's some pretty scary statistics

  •     Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase
  •     This equates to 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries they buy
  •     Up to 40% of the average household garbage bin is food
  •     For the average Australian household $1,036 of food is thrown away each year

What could we have spent $1,036 on? It's enough to feed the average household for over a month or maybe pay off six months of your electricity bill.

Why do we waste food?

  •     We cook too much
  •     Food is mistakenly thrown out before the use-by/best before date
  •     We forget about leftovers in the fridge/freezer
  •     We don't know how to use leftovers
  •     We buy too much because we don't stick to a shopping list
  •     We often shop when we're hungry so we buy more food than we need
  •     We don't check the cupboard or fridge before going shopping
  •     We are not planning our meals and menus as much as we could
  •     Buying takeaways at the last minute instead of cooking the food we have in/family members changing plans


Here's some top tips to reduce this waste

- Make a shopping list and stick to it. Don't be swayed by the bright lights and clever marketing at the major chain stores.

- Check your diary before you shop to see what nights you are eating in or out with friends or family.  This is my major falling point as I find things change so quickly in my household.

- Check the cupboards before hand to make sure you don’t buy anything you already have at home. Duh! This one is so simple but often forgotten.  I should add always remember to take the list with you. :)

- Don’t be drawn in to offers that you don’t need

- Check use by and best before dates before you buy. I often reach to the back of the shelf to get newer produce. The difference can be big particularly in the milk cabinet.

- Make use of your leftovers and ensure any leftover food is stored correctly.  I hope my daughter is reading this - she is hopeless at eating left overs.




Do Something About Food Waste
Do Something About Food Waste infographic by lunchalot

Disclaimer: This information was supplied by Foodwise and Love Food Hate Waste

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Brisbane's top 10 'chew with a view' restaurants and cafes

It's a beautiful day! Where can you go and dine in the warm sun with a view that you'll never want to leave?

Here are ten top places in and around Brisbane to while away a lunch hour or a whole afternoon when the weather is warm and the skies are blue .

River Quay, South Bank

South Bank’s River Quay precinct has plenty of opportunities to relax in the sunshine and just about any restaurant at River Quay will offer a great spot for a winter lunch with a large, grassed lawn rolling down to the river bank.  You can even lie in the sun if you so desire.

Stop for champagne, oysters and more at Cove Bar and Dining, enjoy French provincial food at Aquitaine Brasserie, take in the river view from a Balinese daybed while you tuck into the contemporary menu at The Jetty, feast on Italian cuisine at Popolo or sip a long drink on the riverside deck of Stokehouse Q where the menu draws on local produce combined with bold flavours from the Mediterranean.

River Quay is the spot for Sunday …

Thar she blows - how to hunt whales the friendly way

A grunt and a spurt of seawater rising into the air show the position of a mother humpback whale and her three-week-old calf.

I'm on purpose-designed whale watching boat and we have motored for an hour over the calm seas of the great sandy straits up the coastline of Fraser Island





Captain Phil tells the 50 or so people aboard that the tip of the island is where we will see the whales and he is right.

Our first mother and calf are a little shy at first, keeping the boat at a good distance but I can clearly see the much smaller calf swimming strongly beside its mother.




I'm fascinated by the large circles of calm water that float past us and Phil tells us these are whale footprints

"They break the water tension when they flick their tails to swim down resulting in the clear circles on the water,” Phil says.

Sailors used whale footprints to track whales back in the bad old days when whales were valued more for their blubber than their beauty.

Our next mother and calf are a l…

Lunch amongst the lavender in the Scenic Rim

It was time to brush the cobwebs off the motor bike over Easter and head out of Brisbane into the beautiful Scenic Rim.

We started down the highway towards Beenleigh in beautiful autumn sunshine and stopped for a coffee at The Outpost Cafe at Canungra.  This is a well known bikies hangout but don't expect too much in the way of chains and dreadlocks - it's more favoured by the middle aged bikie enjoying the freedom of the road second time round.

The road less travelled is always our favoured route for this type of outing and we back tracked through Rathdowney before reaching our destination for the day, Kooroomba Lavender Farm about 65 minutes from Brisbane in the Scenic Rim at Mt Alford near Boonah.

Autumn is not the premium time for viewing either the vineyard or the lavender but the view across the valley to the mountains was still outstanding.  The building has a New Zealand lodge feel to it with plenty of stone walls both inside and outside, complimented by timber and ex…

Ten top things to do in Noosa Heads

It doesn't matter how many times I head down the hill on Noosa Drive towards the ocean, I still get a little shiver of excitement every time. This very special part of the world has achieved international recognition for its unique environment and I am privileged to be able to dip my toes into it on a regular basis.

Here are ten of my favourite Noosa pastimes.





1. Although it’s always tempting to sleep in, I don't like to waste a moment of the day when I wake up in Noosa. The best way to start is in the coffee queue at Sails on Hastings Street and then a stroll along the winding boardwalk to the National Park, koala spotting along the way.





Depending on my mood and energy level, I continue the walk through the park to enjoy the beachside views. Some like to run it. You can pick up a coffee at the information hut in the national park as well.





2. After a bit of exercise there's nothing like a big breakie at Aromas and a spot of people watching. With t…

Lots to explore at Brisbane's South Bank

Four markets in one day - what a way to spend a Sunday!

We started at the organic markets at Downy Park, Windsor which was not such a good idea. Why? Well we took the dog and the place was full of puddles - he's a corgi with very low legs - it all ended up being very messy.

Also, these markets definitely finish up on their advertised closing time of 10.30am.  Call me slow or just plain lazy but I find it hard to get out and about early on a Sunday morning. We arrived primed for breakfast at 10am just as everyone was shutting up - they had even run out of bread for French toast!

However, this market was just the first on our list. Next, we drove to South Bank Parklands to explore the Young Designers Market and the Granite Belt Flavours Market - both on the same day.

Several designer/clothes/jewellery purchases later, K2 subdued his inner male and agreed to look for the Granite Belt Flavours market which was not in its usual spot.  On the way, we walked through the regular South Ba…