According to a report from WRAP, the average UK household wastes around £700 per year on food waste. That’s equivalent to 4.5 million tonnes of food that could have been eaten.
Use these apps to help you cut back on food waste and save money each year.
Kitche is an app to help you reduce food waste in your home. It keeps track of the food you’ve got by scanning supermarket receipts and warning you when food is reaching its use-by date.
If you’re struggling to think about how to use some of the food, Kitche will suggest recipes you can try based on the food you’ve got in. You can also this app to track your own food waste, so you become more aware of how much you throw away and what it’s costing you.
No Waste lets you keep an easy-to-access inventory of all the food you have at home. You can enter items manually or scan their barcodes. You can then list them by expiry date to see immediately the items you need to use. Like Kitche, this app allows you to keep track of your own food wastage.
Olio is an app designed to save food from going to waste in your area. You can use it to find food that’s being given away or advertise food you don’t need. For example, if you’re going on holiday and don’t want to throw food away, you can list it on Olio.
Companies also use Olio including Tesco and Pret A Manger. They distribute their surplus food at the end of the day. You can get involved in this by becoming a Food Waste Hero on Olio.
Too Good To Go
You can use the Too Good To Go app to buy food at a low cost. It works with businesses like restaurants, supermarkets, and hotels to reduce food waste and bring it to the consumer. At the end of each day, food that would otherwise go to waste is bagged up for sale at reduced prices, sometimes at more than half the usual cost.
Some of the bags get reserved quickly (so you'll need to be on the ball) and you can’t find out exactly what’s in the bags beforehand - although you’re given an idea of what to expect.
Business using this app include Frankie and Benny’s, Costa, Greggs, and Caffe Nero.
Karma is a food rescue app, founded in Sweden in 2016. It’s similar to Too Good To Go in that companies use it to sell off their surplus food at reduced prices, but with Karma, you’re able to see what you’re buying first. Bear in mind, in the UK, this app is currently only available in a handful of places including Brighton, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, and Liverpool.
Tips to reduce food wastage at home
The above apps are all free to use and will help to reduce food waste and cut costs. But there are other ways to reduce food waste and save money. Here are some quick tips.
- Shopping lists make it easier to only buy what you need. So, check your cupboards and make a list each time you go shopping. Not only will this save unnecessary spending it will stop you from buying food you don’t need and wasting it.
- Buy more frozen fruit and veg. The quality is often as good as fresh, it tends to be cheaper and it lasts much longer.
- Use up fresh food by cooking in large quantities and freezing leftovers.
- If your food comes in plastic bags, like salad leaves, take them out of the bag and store them in containers lined with kitchen towel. This will help them last longer.
- Arrange your cupboards and fridge. Make sure you don’t forget about food that’s about to go off by storing it where you’ll see it.
- Food is usually edible after the “best before” date so check it before throwing it away. If an item has a “use by” date, however, you’ll need to consume it before this date.
Read our guide on batch cooking for more ways to save.
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