The Top 5 wasted foods and how you can save them

July 29, 2018

The Top 5 wasted foods and how you can save them

Did you know?

  • Eliminating global food waste would save 4.4 million tonnes of CO2 a year, the equivalent of taking one in four cars off the road. 
  • Throwing away one burger wastes the same amount of water as a 90 minute shower. Can you imagine a 90 minute shower?!

Here are the top 5 wasted foods and how you can save them...

Bread (the most wasted food in Australia)

  • Freeze it and use individual slices straight from the freezer.
  • If it feels a bit stale, whizz it into breadcrumbs and store in the freezer.
  • Make something delicious: bread pudding, french toast, croutons, dumplings.

Pre-bagged salad

  • Store with damp paper towel in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Soak wilted greens in ice for 5 minutes to perk them up.


  • Store away from direct sunlight in a cool, dry, dark place. Don’t wash potatoes until ready to use.
  • If bruised just cut away the outer layer and remove any damaged areas.
  • Don’t bin the skin! This is the most nutritious part and you’ll save time if you don’t have to peel it!


  • Peel and chop into segments, pop in a bag and store in freezer – great for smoothies, in porridge, banana bread and muffins.
  • Your stag horn plants will thrive on the banana skins


  • If near the USE-BY date and you’re not going to eat it in time, freeze it! Meat will store safely in the freezer for a good six months.

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Thank you to Abele Gigante for the photograph.