The free Food Smart program is helping Macleay families save up to $4000 a year by cutting food waste.
- 1. KNOW YOUR WASTE: 1 in 5 shopping bags of food ends up in the bin. Food Smart helps you track how much food you waste and measure how much you can save during the two-week program.
- 2. PLAN YOUR MEALS: Instead of "what do we want to eat?" ask "what can we make with what we already have?". Google any ingredients you have on hand for new recipe ideas. The Food Smart kit includes a free family meal planner.
- 3. SHOP WITH A LIST: Save time at the shops, avoid doubling up on ingredients and save money at the checkout. Don't forget to check 'use by' and 'best before' dates. Get your free shopping list pad with your Food Smart kit.
- 4. PERFECT PORTION SIZES: Cooking the right amount can help you eat well, reduce leftovers and maintain a healthy weight. Try not to 'supersize' servings and let people serve themselves.
- 5. KEEP IT FRESH: Storing food correctly will keep it fresher longer, reduce your grocery bill and preserve nutrients. Putting paper towel in with leafy greens helps keep them crisp. Many foods can be frozen if you're not going to use them straight away, like stale bread for making breadcrumbs.
- 6. LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS: Make the most of your cooking and don't let excess food go to waste. Leftover roast vegetables make great frittata or a delicious salad when mixed with leaves and balsamic.
Sign up at midwaste.org.au/food-smart. A NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.
Kempsey Shire Library is hosting a free Food Smart workshop at 10.30am on Monday, February 17. Bookings are essential. Call 6566 3210.