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#7 – PUT NEW BEHIND OLD, and KEEP THEM TOGETHER
By this I mean simply that when you do your food shopping, put whatever you buy BEHIND the other similar items in your cupboards/fridge/freezer.
This way you will easily be able to see what you have (and how much of everything you have), you will be able to use everything before it goes out of date, and things won’t get forgotten at the back.
And on that same note….
#8 – CHECK BEST BEFORE DATES REGULARLY
At least once a month, do a quick check of your food cupboards to ensure that you haven’t got anything out of date.
I don’t know how but it always seem to happen! Things get forgotten for a while (especially things like herbs and spices and tinned goods).
If you get into the habit of checking these regularly then you are less likely to waste your food, and you can plan your meals around what needs eating first.
#9 – ADD TO SHOPPING LIST BEFORE YOU RUN OUT
I have gotten into the habit of putting things on the shopping list when I open the last packet or get near to the end of something.
Waiting until you’ve run out usually means it will be too late….
Adding it then means that you can pick up your shopping list safe in the knowledge that you have everything you are running low on as well as everything else, and you don’t have to check the cupboards.
#10 – FREEZE WHATEVER YOU CAN!
I love using my freezer as a store cupboard for food. It’s a great way to manage food because it won’t go off as quickly, and you can freeze things that may otherwise have been thrown away.
People often underestimate their freezer, but getting into the habit of having this as your store cupboard as well will transform how well your kitchen works for you.
For example – I even have lime chunks frozen which make a great addition to a gin and tonic, and saves me buying a whole lime and only using a little each time I want one!, you can also freeze wine left in a bottle to add to stews etc…, mashed potato works well as you can make a big batch and freeze in smaller portions, and freezing some bread always helps when you run out of fresh in the morning! – the list really is endless!
#11 – COOK DOUBLE PORTIONS – AT LEAST!
When you cook – think about cooking double and freezing half – so that you have a great home cooked meal with very little effort on a day when you don’t want to cook.
This habit will save money on takeaways and is far healthier, it will also save you loads of time as you don’t need to cook from scratch every time you want a home cooked meal.
How many of these do you already do? Have you got others to add? Please let me know in the comments below….
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