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Olympic curling stars urge everyone to 'love their freezers'

Scots throw away £1.1 billion worth of good food every year, despite the fact that much of this food could have been frozen and eaten at a later date. 

To encourage people to love their freezers, Olympic Bronze Medallist Eve Muirhead and brothers Glen and Thomas, who are no strangers to freezing conditions, are working with us to ask people to embrace their freezers and help cut food waste.

As part of European Week for Waste Reduction 2017, we want to highlight the fact that with food waste a 1.35 million tonnes annual problem in Scotland, people should think of their freezer before heading for the waste bin

From our work in the communities we have found that people just aren’t confident about which foods can and cannot be frozen. In particular, many people don’t realise it’s safe to freeze almost any food before the date on the packaging and then defrost in the fridge when you want it.                                    

As such, our Love Food Hate Waste team have created their top ‘Freezer Rules’ to dispel the myths around freezing food:

  • It’s safe to freeze food up until the use by date. Freezing acts as a pause button on your food.
  • Freeze ahead: vegetables and gravy for your roast dinner can easily be prepared and frozen in advance to save you time and stress on busy days.
  • You can freeze just about anything. Cream (whip it a little beforehand) and cheeses like Stilton freeze really well, just put them in an airtight bag or container and store in the freezer.
  • Once defrosted, the pause button is off. So, just defrost your food as you need it. Use food within one to two days after it’s been defrosted – it will go off in the same way as if it were fresh.
  • If you defrost raw meat or fish and then cook it thoroughly, you can freeze it again, but remember never re-heat foods more than once.

By cost, research found that the largest food groups wasted were:

  • Meat and fish accounted for £190 million
  • Homemade and pre-prepared meals accounted for £190 million
  • Fresh vegetables and salad accounted for £150,000 million (with the exception of salad and veg with a high water content such as cucumbers)
  • Drink accounted for £110,000
  • Fresh fruit accounted for £79,000,000 
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