2 Kitchen reconnaissance

So you’ve planned your meals for the week; now list the ingredients you need. The next step is a little bit of investigation to find out what ingredients you already have in your fridge, freezer and cupboards. This will save you buying food that you already have.

Food that’s no longer safe to eat

This is also a good time to be brave and venture into the back of your fridge, freezer and cupboards to check the dates on those half empty jars and containers.

Knowing the difference between ‘use-by’ and 'best-before' dates will help you determine when an item is at its best and whether it is fit for consumption.

'Use-by' means that the food cannot be eaten after the date on the pack.

The 'best-before' date is only an indication of when the food is at its best. If it's been stored correctly, then it's still safe to eat even after the date.

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  • Compost the food that is no longer safe to eat, or feed some of it to a worm farm, and then recycle the jars and containers
  • To check whether eggs are still fresh place your eggs in a bowl of water. The fresh eggs will stay at the bottom while stale eggs will float to the top

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