Food waste – debunking the myths
This is part of an ongoing blog series to help our customers reduce food waste at home. Thanks to our food waste diaries, we know use-by dates, portion sizes and correct storage are hard to get right, so we’re here to debunk the myths and make them easier to understand.
Use-by dates and best-before dates can be a minefield. Here’s what you need to know:
- Use-by dates are about food safety, so foods with use-by dates should be eaten up to the use-by date, but not after. These dates are normally found on food such as meat, milk and ready-to-eat salad.
- Best-before dates are about food quality, not food safety. Your food will still be safe to eat after the best-before date, but the flavour and texture may not be at it’s best.
Food Specific Tips
Often we buy bigger portions than we need because it’s better value, or simply because we think we’ll eat it all. However, plans change and if we find ourselves eating out more during the week, or that our appetite isn’t quite what it was when we were hungrily shopping, then the solution is to create smaller portion sizes at home.
If you’re not sure what size your portions should be, you can use this clever portion calculator tool from Love Food Hate Waste. You can use it to work out how much to cook, save or freeze and help you stop cooking too much.
Correct storage is a hotly debated topic. Should you keep your onions in the fridge or cupboard? What about potatoes and eggs? And ketchup?
If you store your food in the correct place you can extend its life and keep it fresher for longer. Luckily this amazing A-Z food storage tool from Love Food Hate Waste exists, so you can look up every ingredient you’re not sure about.
Top culprits and where to store them
Let us know how else you’ve been reducing your food waste and tag us in your handy food hacks on social @Ocado.
Read the rest of the food waste blog series here