What to do when you’ve bought too much food for the week

It isn’t uncommon to go to the shops for ‘a few things’ and come home with shopping bags full of food that you bought on an impulse. Maybe you got a good deal? Or maybe it just looked really good and you had to have it!

Either way, it’s important to make sure that this food doesn’t go to waste and here are a few easy tricks you can implement if you’re looking to minimise food wastage in your home.

1) Prioritise  

A great way to minimise food wastage is to consider the expiration dates on food. If you’ve got food that will expire, try using that first and keep foods with longer expiration dates until later. And don’t forget to consider the difference between ‘best before’ and ‘used by’!

2) Make a snack

 If you’ve got all this food why not throw it in a bowl and see what happens? You could end up with a delicious snack! From personal experience, the best way to avoid wasting fruit is to cut it up and make a fruit salad! There’s something about being able to reach into the fridge and pull out a ready to eat snack that requires no preparation. In my house, it’s guaranteed that this food will be gone within a day! Why not give it a go and see what happens? 

3) Freeze It! 

The freezer is one of the greatest inventions of all time! If you’ve bought too much food why not make a delicious meal and throw it in the freezer for a rainy day? It’s a great way to avoid wasting food and how excited will you be when you go to eat it!

4) Meal Prep

It’s not exciting when you realise you’ve got too much food and will probably be eating the same thing for the next week. It’s tempting to break it up by making something different but then you’ll have all this food leftover. So, what’s the solution? 

When you meal prep, keep the different foods separate and simple. That way when you get to dinner time you can pick and choose what you’re going to have and if you want to change it up!

5) Sharing is Caring

We are all taught that it’s good to share and in this case, it’s really good to share! Maybe you’ve got a friend who could use some vegetables? Or a family member who is hopeless at stocking their fridge? Giving away some of the excess food is a great way to minimise your food wastage! 

These are just a few tricks you can use when you’ve bought too much food! If you’re unsure of how to use an ingredient, why not ask our Hidden Harvest Community group on Facebook here?

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