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Food Lover Tip

Food lover tip

Slice cakes, wrap and freeze for single serves when you need them. J.Garde, Blaxland


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  • Lamb and Orange Salad Quick and easy Low fat Good for leftovers

    This combination of moist shredded lamb and colourful, crisp and tangy salad makes for the perfect meal.
    Total time 10 minutes
    Serves 4

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Be a smart shopper

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Think carefully about the food you buy and how you will use it when you get home.

In particular, think carefully before buying 'specials' or 'deals'. Will you really be making a saving, or creating more food waste that will end up in the bin?

Smart shopping tips

  • Before you go shopping write a meal plan, do a stocktake and write a shopping list.
  • Take your own reusable shopping bags and avoid using plastic bags.
  • Find out if you have a local Farmers' Market and when it's on.
  • Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season.
  • Buy only products you need.
  • Don't shop when you are hungry – you're more likely to buy more than you need.
  • Look at the cost of items by weight and compare value for money.
  • Look for the 'use-by' and 'best-before' date and make sure you will be able to use the product within this timeframe.
  • Think before you buy 'two-for-one' specials – do you really need two? Some deals may be good value, e.g. if you can store items in the freezer.
  • Pack your heavy grocery items at the bottom of your bag or in a separate bag to avoid bruising and splitting fruit or vegetables.

Internet shopping

Internet shopping can be a convenient way to cope with a busy lifestyle. Besides supermarket online shopping, there are many grocery online shopping websites too. Some allow you to pick your own groceries, while others allow you to choose a fruit and veggie box to suit your household size. A fruit and veggie box can be a time-saver, particularly if it comes with recipes, but it will only be a money-saver if your household likes and eats all the ingredients in the box.

No matter whether you shop for groceries online or visit the store, the principle is the same: make sure you shop to a list, and avoid getting tempted by 'special deals' that create unnecessary leftovers or food waste. What seems like a saving can turn out to be an unnecessary expense.


Buying in bulk

When it's well-planned, buying in bulk can reduce your consumption of packaging and save you time and money.

Buying in bulk is great if you use a lot of one type of product and have enough space to store food correctly. Check the date label before consumption.

Making chutneys, pickles or jams is a good way to preserve fruit and vegetables. You can find many good recipes online to suit your taste and cooking skills.

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