One of the ways people reduce food waste is to create a menu plan.
The idea is that you know what you will be eating for every meal, so therefore you know exactly which food to buy each week; which results in less waste.
I love the sound of a menu plan; it appeals to my organised mind, but I’ve never found it works for me.
And I must admit, I’ve felt a bit of a failure because of it.
The idea of knowing what we will be eating when, seems a recipe for success. It avoids
arguements discussion about what to eat, everyone knows what’s on the menu and I guess you fall into a rhythm with it so food shopping is no longer a chore.
Sounds like bliss!
But in our house, we’ve got some unusual habits:
- Little Miss Green’s appetite varies from day to day
- I eat predominantly vegetarian food which the other two don’t like to eat too much of
- Mr Green is the sort of guy who eats curry and beer one night and is on a raw salad cleanse the next
aka, we’re a family of fussy blighters…
Reducing food waste
I was discussing ideas for reducing food waste on a blog a couple of years back and a few people said how shopping every day for food helped reduce their food waste. In fact, several people have hardly any food in their house at any one time.
It makes a lot of sense if you think about it.
I guess shopping goes along the lines of: check your cupboards and fridge, see what needs using up and go and get the rest of the ingredients to complete the meal.
But you need some serious will power to avoid temptation if you shop daily, don’t you think? You mustn’t shop when hungry, you mustn’t be lured by the stuff on offer and it’s probably best to avoid walking past a takeaway pumping out it’s delicious smells as you get close.
So I’d love to hear your opinion.
Do you menu plan for a week and do one big shop?
Do you keep little food in the house and top up daily?
Do you have a massive food store and just top up with fresh foods occasionally?
I’d love to hear what works for you in reducing food waste.