Monday, 23 September 2013

Food Storage Ideas for Those Who Love Food But Hate Waste!

With a shocking 7.2 million tons of food and drink being thrown away in the UK every year, we should all be looking for better, more efficient ways to preserve our food, including the leftovers!  This wastage is costing each household an average of £480 a year (£680 if you have children) - the equivalent of around £50 a month!!  Shockingly, if we all stopped wasting food that could have been eaten, the benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road!

We certainly can't afford to be throwing that amount of money away every month, so I wondered if a small initial outlay on some better food storage would be a good idea.  There are of course two main reasons we throw away perfectly good food, either we cook or prepare too much and then don't use it up, or we don't get around to using it in time and it goes past its best in our estimation.

With the most often wasted foods being fresh vegetables and salad, herbs too in our house, I set out to find some ideas for better storage of those first.  I found these clever vegetable and potato storage bags first, which are designed to keep fresh veggies in a pristine state for longer.

I also spotted this very cute Chilli Store which would be perfect for storing garlic and half onions too, as it keeps those yucky smells trapped inside so your yogurt or fruit won't get spoilt - great idea!

One of the things that tends to get thrown away the most in our house is bananas, as we are all fans of slightly green or just yellow ones, and not so keen when they have started to turn too brown and sickly sweet.  Most of the time I manage to gauge the banana consumption quantities just right, and a welcome one or two that have 'turned' can be transformed into our famous Chocolate & Banana Loaf or even a retro banana split!  But sometimes there are rather more languishing in the fruit bowl than we might hope for, so one of these Banana Bags might be a good investment, designed to keep bananas fresh and firm for longer.

Not a storage solution as such, but whilst I'm on the site shopping, one or two of these fab Dip Boxes are bound to jump into my shopping basket.  Another brilliant idea, you just pop some dip into the central lidded well and fill the outside with your favourite crudites.  Fantastic for picnics and family days out!

I love that someone has come up with these great solutions to small but costly problems, which is your favourite?

You can find out more about reducing food waste via the Love Food Hate Waste site.


  1. These ideas are really great! I LOVE the banana bag. bananas go off within a couple of days in our house, too!
    Fab post. Thanks for sharing :) x

  2. Great reading! This post was made for me as I DESPISE WASTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. handy blog post!the bags and banana bag is a great idea!

  4. Pam Francis Gregory17 November 2014 at 17:29

    Some great ideas! I havewaste too.

  5. I love the dip box- great for a healthy lunch


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