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The average UK family throws away £700 worth of food annually.


Hi everyone,

Here's another shocking statistic about food waste and what is incredible is food waste has gone down in the UK since 2015 when they changed best before labelling of foods.

Now £700 pa is approx £13.50 a week and seems a ridiculous amount of food and shows how we are encouraged with BOGOF's and special deals so don't shop mindfully.

Here's an example of how much food is wasted in the UK:

4.4 million potatoes

I million loaves of bread

920, 00 bananas

Here's the article in todays Daily Mail please see:

I've been buying more frozen veg and have been blanching and freezing excess veggies for another day and that is such a great resource and well worth making the effort.

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I know, same here in Canada.

I blame several thing for that.

-Lack of knowledge about food in general, how to cook, how to preserve.

-Restaurant serving portions that client wont finish.

-Groceries puts a lot of stuff in the garbages too.

But I do think my first point is the main thing. In Quebec province where I live, we had a course in high school in wich students were learning to cook simple recepies, to sow, make a budget etc. They took it off.

I try to get the most bang for my buck when I buy some food.

The green part of my leeks will go in the freezer along with carrot tops... I'll make a broth with them.

There are several way to preserve today. Cooking, freezing, pressure canning, vacuum.

Yes they cost, but if you invest in those, and change your way of doing thing, you save alot!


JerryAdministrator in reply to SenateurDupont

Hi SenateurDupont you make some great points here and sadly we are encouraged to consume so there are foods on offer and we end up shopping mindlessly and not thinking about when we'll eat it all.

I waste very little as I don't like it like my food and shop regularly and buy frozen veg often as you can really minimise waste then.

Jerry. 😊

SenateurDupont in reply to Jerry

Frozen veg is a great choice when vegetables are out of season. Brings variety in our plates and the freezing is mostly done direcly after the vegetable has been picked in the field. So it's the fresher option taht we have. And yes... it limits the global waste!

Well I now know i am not alone SenateurDupont, green off leeks go in my casserole, same with spring onions I look for ones with best green tops as I like tops best. I always go shopping in early evening and most of what I buy is off the reduced section with 75% reduction, I bought my first full priced milk last week as gone 14 months on on reduced milk kept in freezer at 2p to 8p a pint, if I get veg cheap I prepare and freeze in portions, often bought things like celeriac and parsnips when very cheap to freeze mashed, eat instead of potato if having a pie or such. I have never lived as well as I can now in my old age.

I will nip to local Co-op tonight as only a mile away as I normally do on a Saturday night, about 15 months ago I went in and got £86 of food like salmon, smoked haddock, chicken breasts, king prawns and all stuff I could not afford normally, it cost me £11, £75 saving, filled my freezers, instead of buying the cheap bread I can get expensive cobs and crusty battons with 75% off, must be nice to have a big enough income to afford these at full price. Christmas 2018 I went to Lidl and going through till lad said they are going to give away turkeys so don't miss them, got a £50 fresh turkey free and a full trolley of curry meals, meat products and everything with only 3 days to BB date all free, HO told them to get rid instead of putting in skip, last Christmas turkeys were £10, chickens 90p for freezer but massive tubs of all other ready meals and such off shelves were thrown in big tubs for their new anorobic digester thing. Anything stores throw away like that should be charged a waste tax say 20% of full retail price so they sell it off at 1p so it goes through their stock control and they would adjust what they send to stores to sell, it's a disgrace when they say people are going hungry, trouble is you seldom see they so called poor in so called poverty going down to buy this cheap stuff. Years ago we used to get double ended cans which would be great for many things like curry and rice instead of all the chilled meals in plastic trays, canned meals have a long shelf life cutting out waste and cans recycle easy, easy to put in your own dish and microwave, this is the real way to save climate change but would the young be prepared to put in that little bit of effort, maybe a heavy tax on such convenience plastic packaging to make it too expensive to buy. Spring water should be sold to put in your own water carrier in a self service machine.

Another cheap way I use to preserve vegetables is fermentation... glass jar, boiled water, veggies, salt and that’s it! there is a lot a recepies and the veggies taste great!

Never tried that way but in early 70's I got married and wife was no good at cooking so I did it all, I had a bakers round in very rural areas with lots of pensioners and farmers wives used to give me recipes and often gave me things like green tomatoes to make chutney, I also pickled onions, pickles and got some kilner jars for botleing pears


Hi Hidden good for you and I have a compost bin and wild boars for neighbours so I put things out for them and they love it, it's a free take away...😊


Hi Jerry

Thanks for posting this information and I will hope to read the article on the weekend.

Zest :-)

crazyfitnessPWB Guest

It is awful Jerry and I'm so glad I have 2 freezers.

JerryAdministrator in reply to crazyfitness

It is awful and you're well organised Alicia so good for you. 😊

crazyfitnessPWB Guest in reply to Jerry

It really is and I have to say I've been guilty of it but certainly not so much now.

JerryAdministrator in reply to crazyfitness

Hey will all have and there's the odd potato and there's households wasting £2.00 of food daily 356 days of the year...

crazyfitnessPWB Guest in reply to Jerry

That's a silly amount of waste and very sad.😔

JerryAdministrator in reply to crazyfitness

Quite right as we should learn from our mistakes not be encouraged to repeat them...

crazyfitnessPWB Guest in reply to Jerry

Totally agree, none of us are perfect, we all do need to learn.

I keep saying this so apologies for repeating myself, but I shop in a food hall and they don’t have BOGOF or those other stupid offers they have in supermarkets, I hate supermarkets for that alone. The other thing is all the junk food they sell.

Recently Which, did a survey for the cheapest supermarket, comparing the big names like Sainsbury, Asda and such, over 53 items, there was very little in the price difference but it seemed all the items were junk food 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Shouldn’t laugh, maybe there should be a law as to how much junk food can be sold in one supermarket. 🤣🤣🤣

JerryAdministrator in reply to Lesley1234567

Hi Lesley1234567 good for you and you are so right about supermarkets and it's sad that there is such a demand for junk food.

I use a local supermarket and I don't go down some aisles like the fizzy pop and crisps ones.

Supermarkets are one stop shops with ample free parking and thats the draw as towns are so busy we have double yellow lines outside of the shops...

It would be interesting to itemise the stock of a large supermarket and analyse how big a percentage of it is junk food.

A great reply of yours. 😊


When I was growing up in a largish village in the 1960s and 70s we didn’t have a supermarket till I was well Into my teens. Individual shops and the milkman would deliver some stuff other than milk. My dad had a big vegetable garden and a chest freezer, we rarely had to buy any veg except sweetcorn. My parents were teenagers/early twenties through WW2 and they knew how to avoid food waste. They did have more time to devote to this though, Mum didn’t work and Dad worked less hours than I do, they had a small bungalow and only one child!

I’m trying really hard not to waste any food now. I’m very mindful of use by dates and plan ahead, and working out how to make something boring/flavourless tasty so It gets eaten up.

JerryAdministrator in reply to Fran182716

This is really interesting Fran as some of us have seen many changes to shops and shopping patterns, so we now have these out of town shopping malls with shops the size of a warehouse.

Life was simpler as we didn't have the constant connection to the world with our mobile devices and I fear that some peoples virtual lives are more important than reality.

We are hit with adverts to consume and then consume some more when really we need to consume less because sometimes less is more...😊

Well Jerry years ago if you never got to shops early at weekend their stock of items ran out and we had to choose what was there, not overstocked like today, that eliminated a lot of the waste, many of us never had freezers or even fridges so had to buy stuff that would keep when living in rural areas, expensive mobile shops came round once a week so had to plan. I remember moving to area nearer to towns and first supermarket I used was Queens in mid 60's, it became Asda. I am old living alone in a village and shops like Today and Co-op are expensive so when I can get out I stock up, the BOGOF I love for things like cans and dried products or even frozen goods, it's fresh goods that it does not work as well with but could be OK for families, trouble is people do not know what is a good offer as they are used to just picking what they want off the shelves without checking what the cost is, retailers try their best to trick buyers, big packs used to be cheapest but not the case today, same with some BOGOF, we learn by experience what things should cost then we don't get ripped off as much.

JerryAdministrator in reply to Contax

Hi Contax really I don't think many people actual plan meals so buy impulse items, I only buy fresh produce that I know I want to eat. I do keep a good selection of gluten free flours and like you dried fruit food that stores well and waste very little. It seems so decadent when there's no need.

Now I grew up in a small market town and we had the local Woolies (Wool Worths) and that was a department store...😊

Contax in reply to Jerry

In 50's when we were kids mother took us to Scunthorpe odd times and we would get a 3 colour ice cream sandwich in wafers from Woolworths, it was a real treat in those days. Just before I got married I worked as a plant fitter, foreman would often go out with me in my transit and we would always end up going for a walk round Woolworths to get warm.

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