If everyone ate all the food they bought, 4.5 million tonnes of good food would be eaten rather than wasted*.

To help reduce the amount of edible food that ends up being thrown away here are some top tips to make the most of the UK’s most commonly wasted foods.  

1) Bread  

20 million slices of bread are wasted in the UK every day! 

Bread is best kept in a cupboard or bread bin, but not in the fridge. Slice and freeze your bread for a constant supply of fresh toast. Have a bit too much bread? Make a pappa al pomodoro or summer pudding. 

2) Milk  

3.1 million glasses’ worth of milk are wasted in the UK every day.  

You can freeze milk. Consider a smaller carton or long-life milk alternatives like oat milk. Leftover milk can be used to make everything from custard to bechamel sauce. 

3) Potatoes  

4.4 million whole potatoes are wasted in the UK every day.  

Store your potatoes in a cool, dry, dark place, ideally in a cloth bag and away from strong-smelling foods like onions. Think about buying potatoes loose. Buying loose helps you to buy what you need. If you buy what you need, you're more likely to eat what you buy. 

Craving potatoes now? Mash them, roast them or turn them into gnocchi.   

4) Ham 

2.2 million slices of ham are wasted in the UK every day.  

Store ham in an airtight container in the fridge, or separate slices and then freeze. If you have ham that needs using up, why not add to an omelette or potato hash.   

5) Apples 

800,000 apples are wasted in the UK every day.  

For freshness and quality, always store your apples in the fridge. They will last longer than if left out in a fruit bowl. Think about buying apples loose like potatoes!  

Slice up soft apples for a salad or try popping them in a crumble!   

Head to Food Savvy for more top tips and recipes to reduce food waste! 

*Source WRAP

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