FoodMaking food go further Food is a popular way many of us socialise and we spend a good amount of time and money on it. Yet 15 million tonnes of food and drink is thrown away every year. That's the same weight as 2 million double decker buses. Half of this is from our homes alone, costing £470 per household per year. You can help stop edible food from ending up in the bin. Tuck into the feast of events, blogs and recipes here and see how easy it is to make the most of your food, and save some money. 3 things you can do today Plan ahead. Take a moment to think about the week ahead - when will you be eating at home? Try and plan a couple of meals ahead, make a list of what you need to buy and only buy what you need. Freeze it. If you cook too much or forget to eat something near its use by date, chances are you can freeze it and eat it later. Eat your leftovers. If you cook too much or can't finish a meal, pack it for lunch. Even if you're eating out, ask for a doggy bag. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. Home Do something Top tips Recipes Blog Ideas bank Collaborate Browse top tips 10 ways to save foods that often go to waste The average UK household wastes around £60 worth of food a month, so here are some tricks for making sure you’ve got supper not surplus. Make stale bread old news by transforming it into croutons to give your salad real crunch. Freeze the big cheese. Yes, you can freeze cheese! You can actually freeze most things. If you’re buying a hefty block of hard stuff, chop off a chunk and freeze for later. Fruit juices can be used to make salad dressings. Try mixing orange juice, honey, mustard and a small amount of balsamic vinegar. Berries are also welcome. Cucumber and lettuce should be kept in its packaging in the fridge (if it came wrapped) and in the crisper drawer - if your fridge has one. This can gift a cucumber 3-4 more days of life. If not pre-packaged, wash and dry your lettuce leaves, store them in a tub lined with a piece of kitchen towel. Alternately, store them in a bowl of water in the fridge – just change the water every couple of days. Onions are best stored in a cool, dry, dark place (they don’t like fridges but do love a tote bag). Chopped onions can also be frozen to save you time when you need dinner on the run. Store a half pepper with the stalk and seeds still in - it will last longer. Vegetable alchemy. If potatoes have sprouted, simply remove the sprouts before use. They’re still good to eat, just give green or rotten bits the chop before cooking. High-risk rice. Cool leftover rice by running it under cold water and pop it in the fridge immediately.. It can be kept in the fridge for 1 day or frozen for use later. Always re-heat until well above 70c before eating. Squishy tomatoes make a great topping for bruschetta or French bread pizza; chop ‘em up, mix with chopped onion and herbs, spread over your bread, top with cheese and then toast. See more food tips and recipes.