This week, (perfect timing, right?!) I came across Kitche – the food waste app. With the tagline, “Don’t ditch it, kitche it”, I was intrigued, because this aligns perfectly with my war cry about food in that we want to fill bellies not bins!
Alex and Jamie are the brains behind the app, which was conceptualised in the park with friends, when discussing how much money they all wasted on food.
There are several food sharing apps available, but Kitche works from the opposite end of the spectrum. Whereas food sharing apps seek to rehome food to other people that you won’t get around to eating, Kitche is all about managing food better and improving food waste habits so you get to eat it yourself. Which is great because you’ll save money too.
Kitche – The Food Waste App
Available on iOS and Android, you scan your supermarket receipt and the app categorises the foods you have bought. It also scans its database of thousands of recipes, suggesting ones based on the foods you have – so, ya know, you can eat them instead of wasting them. This is brilliant because I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve hopped onto our Facebook Group to ask for suggestions when I’ve opened the fridge and found a bit of this and that lurking on the shelves.
The other thing I love about this app is a reminder feature. A few days after fruit and vegetables or dairy items have been bought, you’ll get a reminder to use them up! This is excellent if you’ve been too busy to keep your eye on the fruit bowl, or worse still not got around to setting up your ‘Eat Me First’ shelf. I’m looking at you, half-eaten salad bag…
Saves money & reduces food waste
The third helpful feature is that you can see what you have at home, when you’re in the store. In an ideal world, you take an inventory before you plan a food shop, but that’s not always practical, right? Sometimes you pop out and you’re driving past a shop so you rush in to get something. And that’s where I often get caught out and end up buying something I already have at home; which can lead to food waste.
Once you’re set up, you just swipe to remove a product as you eat it, so you have an up-to-date inventory of everything you have in stock. It’s like having a PA! It’s also like having me in your back pocket giving you a butt kick, because you can also ‘toss’ something when you have to throw it away and you’ll get a running total of what you’ve thrown away and how much it’s costing you. That eliminates the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality and gives you a reality check.
Kitche – changing food waste habits
And the fourth thing? I’m reasonably good at managing food waste but I do use a lot of paper for my inventories and list making. Switching to digital will not only prevent what little food waste I do have, but it’s going to reduce paper waste too; which is just another bonus.
The numbers are compelling with the current average household in the UK throwing away £840 of food per year. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend that on something more meaningful, wouldn’t you? The aim of Kitche is to change food waste habits and save you money and, if you’ll excuse the pun, I think it’s got just the right ingredients and is a sure fire recipe for success.