Did you know the average
- Victoria throws out $4 billion worth of food each year – that’s enough to feed 367,000 families for a year, based on a weekly spend of $207
- The average Victorian household throws out approximately $2,200 worth of food each year – that’s roughly equivalent to the annual cost of registering and insuring your car
- Victoria throws out $700 million worth of leftovers per year- that’s enough to buy laptops for 580,000 school children
- Victorian households throw out $437 million worth of take away food per year – that’s enough to buy school shoes for 3.6 million school children
- Victorian households throw out $544 million worth of drinks per year – that’s enough to buy 13,500,000 textbooks for high school students
How to reduce food waste and save money
One of the best ways to reduce food waste is to utilise all the food we buy or grow, just because a piece of fruit or vegetable starts to wrinkle does not mean its time to throw it out.
There is nothing better than the taste of home made pasta sauce, it’s easy and saves money and reduces food waste and helps to reduce our carbon footprint.
How to make your own pasta sauce
This recipe serves 4, so adjust quantities to suit your needs.
- 2 cups chopped tomatoes
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 cup vegetable stock or water
- 1 cup parsley, chopped
- Salt and pepper
Heat fry pan, add tomato paste and stir for 1-2 minutes.
Add oil, onions, garlic and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
Add tomatoes, and water or stock, cook for 10 minutes.
Just before serving, add the parsley, stir for about 30 seconds.
Cook double quantities and freeze to always have plenty of your own home made sauce on hand all the times.