We love this quirky but eye-opening (in a good way) little animation from AO Life. It’s called A Wasteless Journey.
Click on the website, scroll down and you’re taken on a virtual trip to the supermarket and home again to your kitchen with useful tips that pop up along the way. There’s a downloadable shopping list and meal planner. We love the “What do I need to use up?” part but not so sure there’s enough room on the shopping list for all our groceries – might have to write small. But yes, we agree, planning meals is a good way of making sure you don’t end up buying too much in the first place.
Some of the tips sound so obvious when you come to think of them (we just never get round to thinking of them): buy individual fruit and veg rather than packages (industrial-sized sacks of potatoes have had their chips?). And while those Buy One Get One Free deals sound like great value, they’re not if you end up throwing half the food away. So bog-off BOGOFs.
If you’re confused by use-by, sell-by and best-before dates, there’s a nifty little explanation (note to self: please revisit the MoKL egg rack) and some lovely ideas for what to do with leftovers or food that’s past its prime. Turn old potatoes into gnocchi and stale bread into French toast and Bob’s your uncle – you’ll already be reducing your food waste by just a little bit every day.
Lastly there’s a nice section on what foods you can freeze. Cheese apparently. Didn’t know that. And raw chicken can be frozen for up to a year. Didn’t know that either.
AO Life is a lifestyle hub for AO (Appliances Online) so some might say they have an interest in seeing us cook more and freeze more. But we learnt a lot, we were inspired and motivated and we loved the pictures. We’re happy.