We’ve developed a range of smart tools in conjunction with FoodWise that will help you reduce your food waste and save you more money.
- Weekly Menu Plan and Shopping List
- Smart Shopping Tips
- Smart Leftover Tips
- Smart Storage and Shelf Life Tips
- Smart Storage Chart
- Household Food Waste Diary
By regularly using these tools, you can take the guess work out of shopping and cooking and get yourself into the Food Know How!
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 cut down on the quantity of food that ends up uneaten in your bin, but it can also save you money.
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 out, or e-mailed to someone on the go.
The meal planner helps make shopping easier so you can spend more time enjoying the things you love!
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.
- 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.
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.
Vegan and Gluten Free Recipes are tagged – simply select these when you search the recipe finder!
The recipe database also offer tips and tricks on how to prepare, cook, and store the top 25 most wasted ingredients.
Want to eat in season? The seasonal recipe guide is updated monthly and highlights the pick of the produce for each season with a selection of recipes and tips.
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.
We have great ideas on making the making the most of your leftovers in our toolkit. Also, check out our guide to commonly wasted foods and learn about how you can get more from the things we waste the most.
Keep food fresh for longer
How we store our food can make a big difference to how long it will last. Here are some tips:
- 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.
- Keep fresh herbs in a glass of water to keep their roots hydrated and leaves fresh.
- Learn how to preserve food – it’s a great way to keep enjoying seasonal produce all year long.
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. Another easy tip is to cook food in batches and store them in an airtight container 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.
The Difference between ‘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 by the date. Only buy foods you’ll use within the ‘use-by’ or ‘best before’ time-frames.
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