Did You Know:
- The average Irish household can save €700 a year by saving food.
- In the food industry roughly 70% of buffet food is wasted.
- Irish food producers deal in surplus produce. Orla McAndrew works with food producers to buy their surplus food & uses it in her business for catering. She will create a menu based on whatever surplus food she purchases from producers & serves it to clients. It’s her creativity with food. It saves the food from producers that would be unused otherwise. She uses this food to ferment, pickle food & uses these produce for creating her menu for weddings.
What You Can Do:
- Portion control is the first measure to stop food waste at home. Cook for what you will eat, overestimating leads to waste.
- If you have food about to expire, you can make a soup & freeze it, or hummus, you can ferment or pickle food too.
- Orla’s top 3 tips:
- Buy well. Buy good food. It will last longer.
- Budget well for good food, because you pay extra you’re less likely to waste the food.
- Correct storage is really important. Know where to store food & how to store it properly whether it’s in the fridge or freezer.
- Any food going out of date, use it in a different recipe, make soup, hummus, pickle or ferment food.
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