Cooking or preparing the right amount of food is one of the best ways to save money and reduce food waste.
You can follow a recipe or use a serving size calculator to measure the amount of food you need.
Cooking too much is one of the main reasons we waste food. Serving up the right size portions ensures everyone has enough to eat while reducing the risk of waste.
Rough guide to portion size
- Potatoes, rice, pasta and legumes should be the size of your clenched fist
- Fruit, nuts and seeds should be the size of one cupped hand
- Vegetables and greens should equal two cupped hands
- Meat and eggs should be the size and thickness of your palm
- Cheese, spreads and dressings should be the size of your thumb
Our hands are also a ‘handy’ guide to show how much we need to cook. One palm-size of raw meat is about 85 grams, which is one serve.
Also follow the portion size recommendations on packaging. They are there to help.
Watch our video on perfect portions to find out more
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Try our friends at Love Food Hate Waste UK handy portion planner