Tools for Households

Tools for Households

Working with FoodWise, we’ve developed some tools that will help you in your journey toward being a thrifty and low-waste kitchen. By getting to know these tools and using them consistently, you can take the guess work out of your shopping and cooking.


The recipe database works with what you already have in the house to make quick, and delicious meals. By entering in key ingredients that are in your fridge or pantry, the database recommends new meals and also suggests options for  transforming your leftovers into a scrumptious second meal. The database also offer tips and tricks on how to prepare, cook, and store the top 25 most wasted ingredients.

The seasonal recipe guide is updated monthly and highlights the pick of the produce for each season with a selection of recipes and tips.

Vegan and Gluten Free Recipes are now fully tagged with users able to select these when they search the recipe finder.

Use Leftovers!

Instead of scraping leftovers into the bin, why not use them for tomorrow’s ingredients? A bit of tuna could be added to pasta and made into a pasta bake.  Vegetables that are starting to wilt can be made into soup. Fruit that is just going soft can be made into smoothies or fruit pies. Get some more great ideas on making the most of your leftovers.

Also, check out our guide to commonly wasted foods and learn about how you can get more from the things we waste the most!

Meal Planning

Our meal planner helps you capture your favourite meals and translate them into a shopping list that can be easily accessed on a mobile device, printed, or e-mailed to someone on the go. The meal planner helps make shopping easier so you can spend more time enjoying cooking and eating!

The feature meal planner has a collection of 5-day plans designed to make your cooking week simple and tasty. Themes include seasonal produce and making the most of leftovers.

People often cook more than they eat. Getting your portions right is key to reducing the amount of food you throw out. Not only does this help reduce the amount of food that ends up uneaten in your bin, but it can also save you money.

Smart Shopping

Take a list with you and always check what is already in your fridge or pantry before hitting the shops.  Prepare your list based on your meal plan and stick to your list when you’re in the store. Don’t be tempted by ‘special’ offers or go shopping when you’re hungry — you’ll come back with more than you need. Check out our other Smart shopping tips.

Keep food fresh for longer!

How we store our food can make a big difference to how long it will last. Airtight containers with snug fitting lids are perfect for storing items in the fridge, freezer or cupboard. Jars are great for storing flour and rice in the cupboard, as well as storing leftover liquids like salad dressing in the fridge. Keep vegies in the crisper section of your fridge or in airtight containers or bags. Check out our Fridge Map and Storage guide to find out what food should go where.


The freezer is great for storing your leftovers, frozen vegetables and extra bread. If you only eat a small amount of bread, then freeze it when you get home and take out a few slices a couple of hours before you need them. Likewise, batch cook foods so that you have meals ready for those evenings when you are too tired to cook.

Use our freezer-friendly meal plan to find delicious meals that can be easily frozen and enjoyed at a later date.

Use-by and Best Before

Foods with a ‘best before’ date are still safe to eat after the date, provided they’re not damaged, deteriorated or perished. Foods with a ‘use-by’ date must be eaten (or thrown away) by the date. Only buy foods you’ll use within the ‘use-by’ or ‘best before’ time-frames.