Top tips to make your barbeque budget go further

Shrewsbury residents typically spend around £35 on food and drink for a barbeque and with an average nine barbeques each, that’s a whopping £315 a year.  Yet we throw away around a quarter of our food before it gets eaten and barbeques in particular tend to result in a lot of waste.

So we have put together some ideas with our partners at Love Food Hate Waste to help your money go further…

  • Keep the fridge between one and five degrees to help food stay fresher for longer. Raw meat should be kept covered on thebottom shelf away from other foods.
  • If you're inviting lots of guests and aren’t sure how much to cook, try Love Food Hate Waste's online perfect portion calculator.
  • If salad is looking tired and wilted put it in a bowl of water with a couple of ice-cubes to get it nice and crisp again.
  • Squeeze spare lemons and combine with a sprinkling of sugar and sparkling water to make a thirst quenching lemonade.
  • Sliced lemons can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for a refreshing addition to cold drinks. Why not freeze grapes and use as tasty ice cubes.
  • Keep the children entertained by giving them refreshing lollies made with left over drinks frozen into ice-lolly moulds.
  •  If you've got leftover cooked meat, wrap it well and keep it in the fridge - it will be good to use for up to two days or pop it in the freezer for another time.
  • Refry slices of leftover sausages to make an omelette for lunch the next day.
  • Cold sausages make tasty lunch box treats or can be frozen to eat later.
  • Bread rolls that have gone a bit stale can be made into breadcrumbs and frozen in a freezer bag to use later for making stuffings, bread sauce or mix with grated cheese for a gratin topping.
  • Leftover potatoes make a tasty potato salad when tossed with sliced red or spring onions and mayonnaise.
     

Visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for more tips, recipes and inspiration!

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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