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Learn to eat for free

Learn to eat for free

  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 couch…   Cupboards How many times have you come back from the supermarket with two tins of tomatoes to find six already in the cupboard? Now is the time to use them up! Kidney beans and tinned tomatoes could make the base for a great veggie chilli. Tins of tuna and sweetcorn could save you buying a lunch or two....

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The Festive Shopping Battleground – a survivors’ manual!

The Festive Shopping Battleground – a survivors’ manual!

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 be challenging. To help you avoid this we put together a few tips to keep you sharp on the festive shopping battleground! Check out our Survival Guide to the Festive Shopping Battleground for our top...

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Freeze your spending!

Freeze your spending!

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...

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Reducing food waste in Irish Businesses

Reducing food waste in Irish Businesses

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 the actual sources and reasons for commercial food waste, (e.g. plate waste, preparation waste, out of date food, etc.). This project aims to do that and will examine different sectors and the food waste types they generate. Best practices and innovative solutions for the reduction of food waste in these sectors will be identified and trialed. Based on these Benchmarks...

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Make the most of Winter Leaves

Make the most of Winter Leaves

“I got tired of looking at all those leaves in my yard, so I got up off the couch and went into action. I closed the curtains.” Anonymous With the latest blustery weather the last of the leaves will be falling from the trees. In stead of seeing them as a nuisance, with a tiny bit of work they can be harvested as a tremendous gardening and composting resource. Leaves will compost, slowly but very easily, into a substance called leaf mould that is an excellent source of organic matter for soil and the microorganisms that dwell in it. This happens all the time in nature, and year-upon-year leaf mould makes up a huge part of the deep soil in woodlands that both supports the roots of huge trees, and feeds the trees and other plants in the forest. How do I make it? To avail of this resource at home, all that is needed is some mesh or wire fencing, preferably plastic-coated to prevent rusting. Make a ring...

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The U.S. Government Wants To Cut Food Waste In Half

The U.S. Government Wants To Cut Food Waste In Half

Cutting food waste is not easy. Not for the consumer, the supplier, the grower or the retailer. At the start it seems like a massive mountain to climb with no notion of where to start. However, setting targets (especially realistic ones!) is a great way to focus the mind and get things progressing. This is what the US Government has just done by setting a goal to cut food waste by 50%. While there is a lot to do, it is a start! Similarly, the Stop Food Waste Challenge sets Irish housholders a target of reducing their food waste by 25%. For those that have participated in the programme to date this is actually the minimum that they have reduced their food waste over the 8 weeks that the Stop Food Waste Challenge runs. For more information on this contact your local authority Environmental Awareness...

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