Throw­ing out food strains bud­get

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Play your part in sav­ing the planet. The bonus is that you save your wal­let at the same time.

Did you know most house­holds waste a con­sid­er­able amount of the money they spend on gro­ceries each week? Ap­par­ently 93 per cent of us have bought food that is then dis­carded.

Very few of us are lucky enough to have a live waste-dis­posal unit in a pigsty, most house­holds sim­ply throw their food waste into the elec­tric waste dis­posal unit or their rub­bish bin.

Try putting a con­tainer on the bench for a week and put all your dis­carded food into it.

Yes potato peel­ings have lim­ited uses and only the pet rab­bit likes the outer let­tuce leaves but try sav­ing all of the scraps, the dished-up but un­wanted food off plates and the left­overs out of school lunch boxes.

Then add to the con­tainer items you throw out of the fridge and fruit bowl be­cause they have been there too long, items you didn’t think there was enough of to be use­ful or the food was just plain with­ered up and/or mouldy.

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You can op­ti­misti­cally start the week off with an ice-cream con­tainer but by the end of the week you may need a large bucket to hold all of the left­overs.

Sure, you have a com­post bin and you can kid your­self that you are re­cy­cling.

But hang on; wouldn’t it have been eas­ier to use the food the first time it came through your door in­stead of com­post­ing it to grow yet more pro­duce to chuck out?

And you wouldn’t have to pay for the pack­ag­ing, petrol and time taken to lug them home ei­ther.

The Mata­mata House­hold Bud­get Ser­vice has planned a free sem­i­nar to help lo­cal res­i­dents make bet­ter use of their gro­cery money.

They will show you how to plan your meals and your gro­cery shop to avoid wast­ing time, food and money. Handy recipes will be on of­fer for cheap but tasty meals, ideas on us­ing leftover food with­out in­cur­ring fam­ily protests and cre­ative lunch box ideas to save smelly school­bags. We can even give ideas on pre­serv­ing the sur­plus from that well-com­posted gar­den.

The sem­i­nar will be held at Rail­side By The Green from 10am un­til 12.30pm, Fri­day Novem­ber 9. Re­fresh­ments will be served at 9.45am and goodie bags will be avail­able to those who reg­is­ter in ad­vance.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able by call­ing 888 5692 or by tex­ting your name and contact de­tails to 027 BUD­GET 1.

There are lim­ited places avail­able so please reg­is­ter early.

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