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 Food Brandy Butter From the doyenne of Irish food and butter devotee, Darina Allen, comes a recipe for flawless brandy butter. And before you ask, yes brandy butter absolutely can be frozen. This is the leftover to inject a little Christmas cheer any time of the year. By Darina Allen. Ingredients 75g (3oz) butter 75g (3oz) icing sugar 2-6 tablespoons brandy Method Cream the butter until very light, add the icing sugar and beat again. Then beat in the brandy, drop by drop. If you have a food processor, use it: you will get a wonderfully light and fluffy Brandy Butter. Store covered in a glass jar. It will keep for several weeks. Or freeze in a plastic container where it will keep for at least 6 months. Recipe provide by Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School Photo provided by Anjuli Ayer.