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How to utilise your freezer to reduce food waste and save some money

Frozen Vegetables

The most common foods that are thrown away are bakery items, fresh fruit and vegetables and drinks. But did you know that a majority of these items can be frozen? In today’s blog I will explain how each of these items can be frozen when brought or before their sell by dates instead of binned to save you money!

Food 1: Bakery Items

If you are a regular waster of bread then why not either buy a smaller loaf or freeze half of it as soon as you purchase it? Alternatively, why not whizz stale or unwanted bakery items up in the food processer to make breadcrumbs for the top of your lasagne, homemade breaded fish or Christmas bread sauce.

Food 2: Fresh Fruit

Instead of throwing away brown bananas or bruised apples why not chop them up and freeze them for another time. Use the apples to make a pie or crumble and the old bananas can be used to make banana bread. Alternatively, I freeze all of my leftover fruit to then whizz up in the smoothie maker.

Food 3: Fresh Vegetables

Again, as like freezing fresh fruit, you can also freeze certain vegetables. In much the same style, all leftover vegetables can be thrown into a lunchbox in the freezer and when the mood takes you, you can make homemade soups or pasta sauces.

Food 4: Drinks

From left over fruit juices to white wine, a majority of drinks can be frozen. Freeze leftover white wine in ice cube trays and use at a later date in risottos or sauces. Similarly, freeze fresh fruit juice and add to a smoothie at a later date.

Please always check the dates on your food and drink before you freeze them and only freeze foods that are within their ‘sell by’ and ‘use by’ dates.

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We’re currently experiencing a high volume of calls into our contact centre and whilst we are doing our very best to maintain service levels, we ask that you only call our contact centre if absolutely necessary so we can keep our phone lines available  for vulnerable customers and those who don’t have access to online services.

If you need to check any details or make a change to your policy, please  log in to your Self-Service Centre. It will be much quicker for you to make changes to your policy online at the moment. Once logged in, you can also use our Webchat service which is available Monday- Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm to make changes, accept or decline your renewal or if you need to let us know about a claim. To log in, please click here.

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