Top tips to save food and money

Strathearn Herald - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE -

Zero Waste Scot­land is urg­ing Strath res­i­dents to make some time and money sav­ing New Year res­o­lu­tions that could help with Scot­land’s am­bi­tious tar­get to cut food waste by 33% by 2025.

Ylva Haglund, Zero Waste Scot­land food waste cam­paigns man­ager ex­plained: “Jan­uary is al­ways a tough month when get­ting back into the swing of things af­ter all the fes­tive in­dul­gence. Our top five New Year’s res­o­lu­tions are all great ways to save time, money and feel good - while do­ing your bit to help tackle Scot­land’s food waste chal­lenge.”

Zero Waste Scot­land is now en­cour­ag­ing Scots to put their best foot for­ward and em­brace the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s top five res­o­lu­tions for tack­ling food waste for a jol­lier Jan­uary: These are: 1. Swap food waste for a slimmer waist: Stud­ies have shown that bet­ter man­age­ment and pre­ven­tion of un­nec­es­sary house­hold food waste can save Scots up to £38 a month. For those on a health kick, con­sider rein­vest­ing this in a gym mem­ber­ship or fit­ness classes that are a great pick-me-up from the typ­i­cal Jan­uary slump.

2. Be­come a freezer cham­pion: One of the most ef­fec­tive tools in the fight against food waste is the hum­ble house­hold freezer. Take ad­vice from Bri­tish Olympic curl­ing family – the Muir­heads - who have a farm in Strat­hearn and who re­cently en­cour­aged Scots to cook and freeze tasty, home­made meals as a means of sav­ing time and money. They even went so far as to say it was one of their top tips for sport­ing suc­cess while train­ing for com­pe­ti­tions.

3. Keep it zipped: Zip-style bags and con­tain­ers are Jan­uary ‘must haves’ for those look­ing to save food from the bin. Chef Gary Maclean – fa­ther of five and winner of MasterChef: The Pro­fes­sion­als – swears by his home vac­uum-packer; per­fect for fam­i­lies with busy fridges and freez­ers who want to get the most out of left­overs with­out sac­ri­fic­ing on space.

4. Time for a fridge cleanse: To en­sure you’re set up for suc­cess, kick-start Jan­uary with a much-needed ‘fridge cleanse’. Move left­overs and items close to their use by date into your freezer to en­joy through­out Jan­uary. Do­ing so en­sures you’re do­ing your bit to re­duce the 360,000 tonnes of good food, worth £1.1 bil­lion, that goes to waste ev­ery year from homes in Scot­land.

5. A souper so­lu­tion: Hearty soups and stews make the most of left­over veg­eta­bles and can eas­ily boost a grey day. Sim­ple to make, cheap and healthy con­sider prepar­ing a batch of soup to en­joy at work or as a win­ter warmer dur­ing those long, dark Jan­uary nights.

Mes­sage Scot­land Olympic curler Eve Muir­head with brothers Glen and Thomas help Zero Waste Scot­land pro­mote aware­ness of how you can freeze your food to save waste

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