/ How much food do you waste?
How do you fair?
All of it (yes I have low self esteem)
Eggs are probably my worst thing for throwing out, buy a box eat one or two, forget about them and bin the rest further down the line!!!
How much further 'down the line' do you throw them away? I've kept eggs for months past the date on them and still used them happily!
None. We buy what we need, we cook what we need and then we eat it all. but it is easier with only 2 people, I am sure.
I used to be quite bad but since the GF moved in meals are more organised and things get eaten before they go off. Fruit used to be a bad one for me as it's really tempting when it's at its best but once it goes a bit beyond that I'm less interested. I know I shouldn't be so picky and this is clearly demonstrated when I've be to eastern Europe on holiday and noticed that the fruit in the shops and markets is far less perfect than that in UK shops and people just don't care.
Mind you - we slice our bread, freeze it and take slices out as we need them. We only eat frozen meat generally and defrost it as we need it. We eat lots of fruit and veg - so much that it never gets the chance to go off.
Could you not argue that all food waste is eaten by worms, microbes and bacteria? I would have said that was wasted food.
Or between 30-50% further into the report.
Id say about 5% of what we buy.
We live beside a supermarket so shop fresh, often twice a day.
Some of the waste is stuff we stocked up on cheap but didnt get thru.
Very little. I like to cook in bulk and portions go into the freezer.
Leftovers/peel etc are taken care of via Dog, wormeries and three compost bins.
For those of you whom waste eggs, scandalous!!!
I invariably find a dessicated quarter pot of double cream, or a few festering carrots in the back of the fridge, because I was slower than anticipated in using them.
I don't waste any food. That's why I'm a fat bastard
I'm pretty good, I think. I don't buy much at once (other than tinned and dried goods), and I'm not one that throws things out just because of a date printed on them. If stuff goes mouldy I'd rather scrape teh mould off then throw away the whole thing. Though I must admit that I threw away four crumpets this mroning as once I had scraped the mould off they weren't really up to the toaster. In my defence they had been put in the wrong cupboard when I moved house a month ago and I'd forgotten I had them.
I try desperately hard NOT to waste food but it's not always easy when living on your own. Bread is the hardest. I don't like frozen bread defroested for sandwiches but can never use a whole fresh loaf. The half loaves they do nowadays do make things easier.
I eat a lot of fresh fruit and veg so go shopping every couple of days or so to avoid buying so much that it ends up going past its best.
The thing I struggle with is when I'm given food as presents - generally sweets and chocolate. I don't eat a lot of either (although I love the gesture and a little of both is always nice). Although it doesn't go off very quickly, I don't want to be tempted to over-indulge by having it in the house, so I will donate the remnants to the willing hordes at work.
I do waste food, but I think I'm better than others I've seen. Over the past few years I sort of made a habit of eating/using food that is pretty much beginning to rot. I think it makes the stomach and immune system stronger!
> The thing I struggle with is when I'm given food as presents - generally sweets and chocolate. I don't eat a lot of either (although I love the gesture and a little of both is always nice). Although it doesn't go off very quickly, I don't want to be tempted to over-indulge by having it in the house, so I will donate the remnants to the willing hordes at work.
Then you arent wasting, just spreading the love.
not to bad since i had a recent re-think on my eating habits
also edinburgh (like many places i'm sure) has started kerbside food recycling with the waste going to the new plant in cumbernauld to create fertilizer and biogas.
which reminds me, i really need to make that leek and potato soup before the leeks go off :-)
I actually feel a little guilty about it sometimes. I'm just bringing my temptation to others and letting them deal with it.
Composting your unwanted/gone-off food is still wasting it. You still create a demand by buying it in the first place.
I'm not saying that composting waste is as bad as binning it but if we all composted all our waste it wouldn't really solve the problem.
Same goes for 'eating-up' food which you don't really need or want, just so that it doesn't go to waste.
I'm about average.
I did think I didn't throw away much at all but since I started to take notice I often find I've thrown away about 30% of what I've bought for one reason or another.
I'm much better about alcohol though. Almost nothing gets wasted.
The largest amount of food thrown out is by producers and then supermarkets. Those figures for waste include crops harvested and rejected at the processing stage, eg mouldy or damaged veg.
Agreed - but also a lot of veg is binned because it is the wrong shape which is quite frankly absurd.
Personally, the amount of food that I waste in a month would fit onto a small saucer.
As a family, we waste enough to feed at least another 1 person. Especially annoying when I've made the effort to prepare something fresh and nutritious - my kids seem to prefer processed/ frozen crap.
But I was probably just the same at that age.
I'd like to think that I waste less food than the average person (or less than my parents anyway), but it's still too much, just a lot of little things that add up: the 2 end-slices of a loaf of bread, a quarter of a pint of milk that's gone off, half a tub of cream, a few bits of salad, and so on. Left over cooked food is generally used as next day's lunch/dinner though.
I waste hardly anything. Veg peelings & other uncooked scraps go into the compost to be used to grow more veg. Pretty much all cooked leftovers are used up in stews at some point each week, and carcases tend to be picked clean of all the tiny little scraps by the hound. I also try to prepare and cook the right amount so there's not tons left over afterwards.
Fair enough, I don't eat bread crusts, but they do get torn up into little bits & put out for the birds (with a good soaking of grill-pan fat when I can).
All of it.
Actuually very very little. It used to be a lot, but Ocado has transformed that by requiring me to write a set of recipes for the week. I cook to the recipes and leave Sunday as leftovers night (or a takeaway if the cupboard is bare). Almost nothing goes in the bin.
The worst way to shop is running round the supermarket on a Friday evening after work when you're starving and with no plan. The trolley magically fills with high-margin, short-life crap.
Agreed. This is why we walk around the supermarket on a Monday evening with a list... but still starving hungry! :-)
I'd freeze it for later use, but that falls down if you're not there the day before to defrost it. I'd happily pay a small premium to get food in smaller quantities or sizes, but nowhere seems to want to take on this idea on favour of catering volumes, so invariably some goes to waste.
Making compost out of veg peel, newspapers, egg shells, cardboard etc. isn't a waste.
It produces compost, and in the wormery it produces very very rich soil stuff and magical liquid plant feed, and shed loads of worms for fishing bait/soil improving
Anerobic composting in landfills releases methane, and as we know this creates global warming ;-)
Throw out very little.
I can never seem to use a whole pot of double cream before it goes off. I cant really think of anything else that though.
Any food scraps go to the chickens.
Top tip of the day.
Dont ever, ever throw away the chicken carcass. Stick this in a pot full of water, any left veggies, 1 onion, 1 stick celery, 1 carrot and boil with a little salt and pepper. 2-4 hours later strain and use from the fridge within 2 days or freeze.
Next time you do a roast, stick the frozen block of stock back into the pan from which the new bird emerged when you are resting it and, hey presto, fabulous gravy.
Rinse and repeat.
Mrs. Num Num wastes none, she scoffs the lot. In fact, When she's finished, sometimes she eats the spoon.
I guess a lot of the wasted food will come from supermarkets throwing away out of date food.
I also buy my meat in 10kg deliveries and freeze it so I can just get out what I need, cheaper and better quality than supermarket meat.
Stale bread or cakey things growing green stuff go out in the garden for birds / cats
But isn't that because they have poor harvesting techniques, poor storage, poor transport, lack of access to refrigeration , no pesticides or organic equivalents, poor equipment etc. etc. etc.
Most of 30-50% is in developing world countries.
Tesco's waste is below 2%. Far better than most here.
They also lock their bins. They can't sell it, NOBODY CAN EAT IT
> They also lock their bins. They can't sell it, NOBODY CAN EAT IT
Many moons ago when I worked for Asda, all food that was going out of date was put into a compactor & squished into a block. I tried to persuade them that chucking out nearly £1000's worth of fresh fruit & veg on xmas eve was a travesty when it didn't go out of date until boxing day (we were shut xmas day & boxing day), and that a local homeless shelter was willing to accept it for xmas dinners. I was point-blank refused, from store management up to head office, told it was 'company policy' and that if it wasn't put into the compactor, whoever removed it from the site to feed to people would be done for theft.
Not much. It helps that I don't much care about sell by dates - I frequently buy stuff that's reduced because it's reached its sell by date, and it's absolutely fine a day or two later. Or it's stuck in the freezer and eaten a few weeks later.
Sometimes the end of a pot of cream, or remains of a random veg that got hidden in the bottom of the fridge.
None/negative if you count skip diving now and again
If i've paid for it I'm going to eat it
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