If throwing out food makes you feel guilty, join the club. Here are some simple ways to reduce food waste in your home…

Throwing out spoiled veg and forgotten leftovers is not only a waste of money, but it’s also a shame when so many people are struggling to feed their families. At least that’s what I think when I have to throw out spoiled food.

I’m trying to reduce food waste in my home and, while I haven’t perfected a waste-free kitchen, these tips have helped me reduce food waste considerably:

Clean up and declutter

Terry Harris, Discovery Vitality dietitian, suggests keeping kitchen cupboards or the pantry, fridge and freezer neat and tidy so you can see which foods need to be eaten first. She says you should follow the ‘first in, first out’ principle.

I recently cleaned and decluttered my kitchen and already I can see the difference it has made. Not only is cooking easier, but I can also scan shelves quickly to see what we need before shopping.

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I also bought more transparent food storage containers so I can see what leftovers I have in the fridge. I’ve found that if something is stored in an opaque container, it somehow shifts to the back of the fridge and is forgotten about.

Be realistic

Harris also recommends being realistic about what you buy, and get just what you need.

When I decluttered my kitchen, I had to throw away expired spices and rice I hardly used. Obviously, I bought a few things with good intentions of getting more adventurous with my cooking, but it never happened. Now I’m sticking to the basics and it’s helping me saving money and reduce food waste.

Work with a meal plan and shopping list

I have a rough meal plan for the week and not only does it help me reduce food waste, but it’s also a time-saver.

I know what I need to buy for the week, I scan my cupboards, consult my meal plan and then I only have to shop once a week.

For more money-saving tips for healthy eating, read the article below…

How to eat healthy on a budget