There are some scary stats about the amount of food that us Brits throw away each week – some estimates put it at as much as 30%, including a staggering 4.4million apples and over 5 million potatoes EVERY DAY.
From personal experience I’d estimate that we throw around 10% of the food we buy, but whatever the figure, this is obviously a massive waste of money, not to mention far from ethical or environmentally friendly.
StillTasty is a website which should help you cut down on the amount of food we throw away because you think its off or past its best before date. Just search for the item or select it from the relevant category and the site will tell you how long its good for in both the fridge or the freezer. You can even narrow it down by whether the packaging is opened or not.
For example, how long can you keep an open packet of vacuum packaged bacon? Here’s the answer.
It also helps to answer some pressing questions when it comes to food hygiene, eg. “I left a pizza out overnight, is it still safe to eat?”. Sadly, it is apparently dangerous to to eat any cooked food such as this that’s been left at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Best not let students know that.