1. Bread ends aren’t for the bin
Bread is the most-wasted food in the UK, with households throwing away considerable amounts of bread ends and stale slices – even though they’re perfectly useable! There are a million ways to repurpose stale loaves or unwanted bread ends, including refreshing it with a little water, making breadcrumbs, cooking eggy bread, or combining it with ice cream for a weird but wonderful dessert. At Honest Crust, we’ve taken this advice on board and donate the otherwise wasted bread ends to a partner organisation who use them to make a spectacular beer named ‘Toast’. Remember – no slice is left behind!
2. Make the most of technology – use food waste apps
Technology can be used to drive efficiencies and create a less wasteful world. A growing number of digital innovators and entrepreneurs are utilising digital technologies to make it easier for individuals and organisations to minimise food waste. Our favourites are Winnow – an app designed to measure the amount of kitchen waste and help chefs reduce it – and Too Good To Go – an app that links users to restaurants with excess ingredients, who are willing to sell them at a discounted price. A special mention also has to go out to the Olio food-sharing app that connects those with a surplus of a certain food, with those who need it - it’s a match made in heaven.
3. Get inventive, get fermenting
In the UK, we generally think of older food as past its best and ready to be thrown. However, numerous other cultures enjoy specialities that only exist because they're left to age. Welcome to the world of fermentation! From sauerkraut to ginger carrots, pickled radish to kimchi, and amazing Mexican tepache, fermented foods are enjoyed the world over and can be a great way to cut food waste and ensure those older items are used.
4. Turn your old food into new food for the garden
Whether you’ve got a full veggie patch or just a few sunflowers on your front steps, composting is a great way to ensure that no food goes to waste. It’s a fantastic source of nutrients and energy for the plants, reduces the amount of food being thrown out, and prevents you from having to have your food waste picked up and transported elsewhere.
5. Work out where things should be stored
It's amazing how much difference keeping foods in the right place can make to their lifespan. While there are some pretty obvious instructions - such as bananas should be stored on the counter or on a hanger – things get a bit more complicated when we talk about fridge organisation. Fridges are designed so that different sections are better suited to different products – did you know the top shelf is typically for milk, juices and chilled items? How about the fact that items labelled ‘refrigerate after opening’ should go on the middle shelf? Locating your foods in the right place can give you that bit longer to eat them.