According to figures released by Love Food Hate Waste, people in Britain throw away 34,000 tonnes of beef every year, which is equivalent to 300 million beef burgers. As one of the most expensive things in the shopping basket it is a shame not to make the most of it.
So we’ve put together our top 5 tips for making the most of your meat!
- Plan how much meat you need – check what you have in before you head to the Co-op to stock up and if you’re organised preparing a weekly meal plan can help stop impulsive purchases.
In a TweetChat hosted by LoveFoodHateWaste Adam Henson who presents his own section on BBC’s Countryfile to millions of viewers each Sunday evening believed this to be the one thing we all should do.
- Know how much meat makes one portion – for an adult allow 100g for beef, lamb and pork, 140g of fish, chicken or turkey – you can also use this handy partition calculator if you’re cooking for a mixture of children and adults: http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/portions/everyday?foods=1726
- Store your meat where it feels best – Meat and fish keeps longest in the fridge, once you’ve opened the packaging use a bag clip to seal it up or store in air tight containers. If you have cooked an extra portion pop it back in the fridge or freezer for a tasty lunch.
- Love your freezer – You can freeze meat or fish any day and including the ‘Use by’ day so if you have brought something but then not used it you can keep it in the freezer for another day! Just give it 24 hours to defrost and then cook it.
- Make the most of leftovers – left over meat from a roast can make a great addition to a stir-fry, alternatively add it to a base for a soup or stew for extra flavour.
Here are some other suggestions we found on Twitter:
For more tips and hints on reducing food waste you can find information on the Love Food Hate Waste website: http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/