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 Richard's pear butter This recipe comes from Richard of The Quality Chop House. This is an adaptation of a recipe in a Tartine book for apple butter, but using pears. We sometimes end up with an excess of poached pears at the restaurant, when this happens we just slap them in a pan and cook them down. As a butter, the pears keep for longer. We then use the butter into our famous doughnuts and roll them around in cinnamon sugar, what a treat! Ingredients (makes around 400g) 2.3kg pears cored and chopped, poached or otherwise 360ml apple cider 60ml cider vinegar 100g granulated sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp grated nutmeg Method Get all the ingredients and pop them in your pan. The best thing to cook this in is a heavy dutch oven, a Le Creuset or similar. Put the pan on the heat and let it cook slowly for around 30 – 45 mins, or until it has properly broken down. Grab a stick blender and whizz it all up, you could also use a benchtop blender, working in batches. Stick the pan in the oven at about 150c for about 5 hours, grab a good book or box set and stir the mixture every 30 mins until it is thick and lovely. The recipe is part of the Taste Not Waste collection from Hubbub, Pop Brixton and Museum of London.