How to reduce food waste in your house

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Best before - When cooking, give preference to foods that are close to their expiry date. Write these down on a list and stick it on the fridge so you don't forget.

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List - Before you go shopping, check what is in the fridge and pantry and make a list accordingly. 

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List - Always use a shopping list at the supermarket. It reduces the chances of you forgetting what to buy.

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List - Make a list of foods that are approaching their expiry date. Note when you put things in the freezer so they do not expire past their best by date.

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Arranging your food - Pay special attention to the way you store foods in the pantry and the fridge. 

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Fruit - Do you have too many fruits or vegetables close to spoiling? Make a smoothie or a soup. It's a great way to enjoy food and avoid food waste.

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Peels, stalks and leaves - Peels, stalks, and leaves of fruits and vegetables need not be wasted. These are rich in vitamins and minerals.

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Peels - Lemon peel, for example, can be used to make tea. So take advantage of this part of the fruit and enjoy a healthy drink.

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Use the good bits - If a fruit or vegetable is bruised, simply cut around the bad parts and use the good bit. There is no need to throw it all away.

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Fruit and vegetables - If they cleaned and dried before being stored in the fridge, these foods can last for five days.

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Storage - After a meal, store any leftovers in closed containers with a lid and put them in the fridge. This will make the food last up to three days without spoiling.

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Meats - Meats usually have a short shelf life and if not consumed in time, they will spoil. Alternatively, you can freeze them to prevent any unnecessary waste.

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Butter and margarine - Butter can last up to three months in the fridge, otherwise it melts easily.

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Cereal - It is very important that you do not leave cereal bags open because exposing cereal to air will make it soft and spoil over time. 

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Cookies - Like cereal, cookies also have a shorter lifespan if you do not store them correctly. In this case, they may become soft and their taste may change.

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Portions - Just put enough food on the plate for that specific meal. Often we do not eat the entire portion and end up throwing food away.

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