Last Updated: 12/07/2016
Food waste still continues to be a huge problem in the UK, in the past fresh food, especially pre-packed salads, and Buy-One-Get one free items on fresh items were the main cause of food waste, but now it seems confusion over the consumption of frozen items seems to be the biggest issue, as according to the FSA, Foods Standards Agency we throw out the equivalent of 6 meals a week in the UK because of our lack of understanding when it comes to food waste.
Reasons cited in their report showed revealed that confusion over best before dates, cooked food and how long food could be stored in the freezer were the main contributors. 1,500 people they surveyed, 43% thought that food could only be frozen on the day it was bought. With 38% of people thinking that food could become unsafe when frozen.
Here’s a guide on how to store frozen food:
The first thing to do is to make sure that you have a glut of freezer bags and storage containers. Investing in a large freezer is also a good idea, as you can then buy meat, food when it’s on offer and store it in your freezer until you are ready to eat it.
• If you have meat that you can’t use before the best before date then store it in the freezer in either plastic freezer bags or an appropriate container. You can also store meat in a freezer even if it’s on the date of expiration.
• If you can’t use lemons/limes before they go off, chop them up pop them in a bag and use them as ice cubes. This is a great way to store ginger as well, just freeze whole and grate into dishes when needed.
• Most vegetables which do not contain a smaller water content can be stored in the freezer – peppers, chili’s, broccoli, cauliflower can be chopped up and used when necessary.
• Fruit is a bit trickier – most fruits need to be cooked before freezing – except for berries which need to be frozen on a flat tray and then put into bags.
• Cooked foods can also be stored in the freezer - this is a great way to cook a large lasagna for example and then save the leftovers for another day. Some cooked foods freeze better than others, but you will find this out as you go along.
• Once you have de-frosted your frozen food you will need to handle it in the same way as fresh.