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Serving and proper portions

fwe-5Have you ever sat down to a plate of food that is just too much for you? If you have a typical Irish mammy, or visit a house where one lives, then your plate will often be overloaded with food and you won’t be allowed go out and play until it’s all finished!

When it comes to reducing the food wasted in your house, proper portions and the way food is served can make a big difference.


fwe-6Have you ever gone to cook rice, measured (or guessed) what you need, added a bit more (just to be sure!) and then had way too much? Well it happens all the time with all sorts of food and much of this becomes food waste. That is why proper portion measurements are so important.

Most food packs have recommended portions on them but these are usually in weights and many people don’t weigh out their food (even though this is a great idea).

Instead, get some measuring implements that help you with the staples. Make sure to use the same one each time and then you can figure out what works for you.

When planning your meals use portion planners which will help you buy the right amount at the start. There is a very good one on Love Food Hate Waste

Regardless of how you do it, try to measure out your food portions.


fwe-7Serve in bowls – means people take what they want and you have food for use as leftovers. Plate scrapings are usually not used as leftovers as they have been on someone’s plate

If you are putting food out on a plate, start with a small portions and then supplement it with serving bowls

Many restaurants have changed plate sizes and even the scoop sizes for serving. Try the same at home. It has been found that you can reduce the amount of food on a plate by 1/4 and people will still be content with their lot.

Change the bowl sizes for kids. They are little people and using adult plates or bowls, even with smaller portions, usually means portions that are too big.