Making 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.

24 meals in 3 hours

Finding time to cook during the week can be tough, so set aside 3 hours at the weekend to batch cook 24 meals for only £16! This plan comes from Jan, an Ikea colleague who participated in the Live Lagom project.Read more

Know your food labels to save money

Knowing when food is safe to eat can be tough and research shows that food labels leave many none-the-wiser. Here's is your definitive guide to what different food labels mean and how to tell if food is still good to eat.Read more

Our good food guide

Cheap and delicious changes to your food choices can make a radical difference daily. So, take shelter from the marketing storm and join us for Hubbub’s six principles for good food.Read more

6 kitchen gadgets to help cut food waste

The average family bins £60 of edible food a month! We challenged 50 households to trial a range of kitchen gadgets in a bid to cut their food waste. Find out which products were given the thumbs up by our testers.Read more

Jamie Oliver's ABC to bread baking

Jamie Oliver's Cookery School is here to tell you all you knead to know to fill the house with the smell of fresh bread. Baking bread is a great and safe activity for kids to get stuck in - no knead to worry about knives, ignore the mess and get those tiny hands kneading.Read more

How to eat pumpkin

Pumpkins are not just Halloween decorations, but are a tasty and versatile vegetable. They're cheap, nutritious, delicious, grow abundantly in the UK and can be cooked a thousand ways. Here’s our quick guide to cooking with pumpkin.Read more

Cooking with kids

We've teamed up with Nicole from Kids Kitchen to bring you top tips for giving little chefs a taste for cooking - and staying safe with kids in the kitchen.Read more

12 freezer friendly foods

In a flummox over freezing? Don’t worry. We’ve done some research to help you make the most of your freezer and avoid a mushy homecoming.Read more

5 facts about freezing food everyone should know

What can I freeze? What should I leave out of the cold? When is it OK to freeze food? Can you re-freeze food? All of your freezer related myths busted.Read more

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.Read more