Choosing the right fridge or freezer is the first step to make your food last longer and fresher at home. During the summer time, however, people eat outdoors much more often and also go on self-catering and camping holidays.
Despite this, keeping your food as fresh and avoiding waste is not impossible: follow these top tips on how to avoid wasting food, as well as how to make your food last longer this summer.
- If your lettuce leaves look tired and wilted after travelling or being outside the fridge, put them in a bowl of water with a couple of ice-cubes and they will become nice and crisp again.
- When there is no fridge available, keep your food fresh and tasty by using a cool box or cool bag. As soon as you can, put them back in the fridge so they keep cool.
- Don’t waste bread. Every day we throw away 200,000 loaves of bread, wasting a lot of money in the process. Research published by voucher code website Savoo.co.uk recently found that the average cost of a loaf of bread has increased 38 per cent since July 2008! So instead of throwing bread away, try to make slices of bread look more appealing by cutting them into triangles or fingers.
- Instead of throwing spare, over-ripe fruit in the bin; blitz them into smoothies. You can then store the juice in bottles that you can keep in a cool box. Spare vegetables can also be chopped up into little crudités for dunking into hummus or dip.
- Spare lemons can be the key ingredient for making lemonade. Squeeze them, combine them with sugar and sparkling spring water and enjoy a fresh drink when the weather is hot.
- A good idea if time is short: when adding cheese to your take away sandwiches, use frozen cheese. It will be melted and fresh by the time they are ready to eat, particularly on a hot day!