What To Do

As a nation of food lovers and waste haters, it’s surprising how much of our food ends up in the bin. But with just a few small changes every day, we can cut food waste at home and help meet the Scottish Government target of reducing Scotland’s food waste by a third by 2025. We're here to help – providing the inspiration you need to make the food you love go further.

It takes water, energy, fuel and packaging to produce the food we all love. Does it really belong in the bin? Of course not! It’s easy to make a difference, starting at home with your own fridge in your own kitchen.

Because more than half of the food we throw away can be eaten, keeping it out of the bin is good for our pockets and the planet combined. Read more to get the latest on how to make your weekly shop last longer and go further.

“Keeping food out of the bin is good for our pockets and the planet combined.”

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  • Want to make the most of the bread you buy and enjoy every slice? Our tips will save you money and help bring an end to bread being the most wasted food in the UK.

  • Mashed, roasted or fried – we all love spuds. Here’s how to make the most of every potato on your plate.

  • The humble potato on your plate has travelled a long journey – from seed to farm, from shop to plate. Yet potatoes are the second most wasted food in the UK. Here’s how to save your spuds.

  • Milk is a great secret ingredient in loads of recipes – so there’s no need to chuck it away.

  • Do you end up pouring gone off milk down the drain at the end of the week? Well, it’s time to make a change. Save money and stop waste with these simple tips for keeping milk fresh.

  • Strawberries are surely one of the greatest foods of the Scottish summer. They are also highly perishable and we’d hate to see them contribute to the scary statistics of the £79 million worth of fresh fruit wasted from homes in Scotland every year. So how can we keep them fresher for longer? Storage is key.

  • MasterChef winner and food waste champion Jamie Scott shares a quick and easy recipe for using up leftovers

  • Growers Sam and Judith of Tomnah’a Market Garden on the first harvest of the year, their passion for local and seasonal veg, and why fermenting could help fight food waste

  • Every day in the UK, 20 million whole slices of bread are thrown away - mostly because they are not used in time.

  • It’s impossible to think of Scotland without thinking about the Big Three: haggis, neeps and tatties.

  • It's that time of year again when the days are getting darker and colder and it's all about hearty comfort food - in other words, it's the season for soup! Soup is a great way to use up leftover or forgotten vegetables so what better an excuse to get schools bothered about broth?

  • When baking or buying for any occasion it’s very easy to over buy or over cater ‘just in case’. It’s also tempting to buy all you need each time you feel creative – especially with such an explosion of interesting baking ingredients in recent years. This can leave cluttered cupboards full of baking bits and bobs.

  • The good news for even occasional bakers is that many ingredients have a long shelf life and are fine to use even after the best before date – flours, sugars, raising agents, flavourings, syrup, treacle and all sorts of fruit, nuts and spices will last for ages in your cupboards.

  • It’s that time of year again when organisations, businesses, schools and individuals from across Europe are encouraged to take action to reduce waste. This year the week is running from 18-26 November and we want YOU to get involved!

  • If you still need convincing about lunching on leftovers, we have some handy tips to having a lovely lunch to look forward to, to get you through those long meetings and deadlines at work...

  • With busy lives, it's worth asking yourself, if just by cooking a little more of your planned evening meal, could it provide you with a simple lunch the next day?

  • Did you know that 70% of the food we throw out is binned because we didn’t use it in time? We’ve teamed up with a whole host of fabulous food waste champions doing great stuff across Scotland to bring you a brand new Love Food Hate Waste resource that’ll mean you’re never staring at your cupboards clueless again.

  • Our ‘Save More’ pack has been developed to help you share top tips, handy hints and powerful messages on how to save food in ways that are good for your pocket and the planet.

  • It’s no secret that Scots love beef – and these exclusive meaty recipes from Ayrshire butchers ‘We Hae Meat’ prove just why.

  • As part of the European Week for Waste Reduction, Chef Director of Café St Honore in Edinburgh Neil Forbes has created five delicious recipes to get you through the working week.

  • Food-saving champion Zero Waste East Dunbartonshire has partnered with UK charity FareShare to run and innovative new food-saving scheme.

  • Simple tips and fresh ideas for storing and using up scraps and leftovers during the festive season – turning unloved sprouts into a tasty treat.

  • How the humble shopping list will save you time, money and cut food waste.

  • Watch our video to find out how to freeze and defrost rice safely with Sallie, a volunteer from the Love Food Hate Waste team.
  • Help save the environment simply by wasting less food. Research shows over 60% of us, as shoppers, are concerned about the environmental impact of our food and groceries.

  • Here are a few kitchen cupboard essentials to help you serve up a tasty meal with limited ingredients.

  • Learn how to measure the perfect portion of rice to help you waste less and save money.