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Learn to eat for free

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  It’s the end of January and Christmas has left us with tight waistbands and worrying bank balances. To get you through the next week, we have a way for you to eat for free – eat the food you already have.    Most of us have cupboards and freezers filled with food that has already been paid for. The longer it stays there, the less likely we are to use it. This week, while you count down to pay-day, eat the food you have at home! Staying out of the shops will help you save money, save food and leave more time for that new gym-membership, or the...

The Festive Shopping Battleground – a survivors’ manual!

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Christmas is a lovely time of the year but also a time when there can be lots of wasted food. More food is thrown out during the festive season than at any other time of the year. Buying too much can have a big impact on your pocket and if this food becomes waste well then, who’s the turkey? With a little forward planning, and watching out for some of the key foods that are wasted, a lot of this food waste can be avoided. One of the main areas to be careful is in the supermarket. Trying to avoid over spending and overfilling your fridge at Christmas can...

Freeze your spending!

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Freezers are a great friend to every kitchen but they can become a disorganised food black hole in no time. We put food in with the best intentions of future use, but it often comes out and goes straight into the bin because we can’t remember how long it’s been in there! So this week why not go to your freezer and make a list of what’s in there. Put the list on the side of your freezer. Then plan a series of meals around these items – this is food that will cost you nothing but if forgotten may be wasted. Check out our newsletter for more...

Reducing food waste in Irish Businesses

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In conjunction with Stop Food Waste, the Clean Technology Centre, CIT has been commissioned by the EPA to carry out a food waste related project entitled: Reducing Commercial Food Waste in Ireland. This will be funded under the EPA Research Progamme. This project will explore the sources and, most importantly, the reasons for Commercial Food Waste (CFW) generation in Ireland. CFW is a significant part of the municipal waste stream and, while there is some information on the main food waste producing sectors, much of this is extracted from larger data sets and provides little specific information. In order to identify potential prevention opportunities, it is first necessary to determine...