Fresher food tips: waste less and save more at uni
You’ve finally arrived at university, congratulations!
Your bags are unpacked, you’re making new friends and soaking up your environment. As you prepare yourself for academic greatness, how prepared are you to cooking for yourself? If you’re not, don’t panic – these top tips below will help you in all aspects of cooking and reducing food waste.
In student halls, the kitchen space is often small. You normally have to share the fridge and freezer, but you’re usually given your own cupboard space. People generally think that students live on junk food, instant noodles and takeaways. Whether there is truth to these statements, it is more important for students to learn to store and prepare food for themselves within a small kitchen environment in a busy shared space.
UCAS manages three million applications, from around 700,000 people, each year, for full-time undergraduate courses at over 380 universities and colleges across the UK. This gives a clearer picture of how many students could be potentially wasting food. I believe, with a little effort, all students can learn to create cheap nutritious meals while reducing their food waste
Prue Leith started her catering company Leith's Good Food and opened the Michelin-starred restaurant Leith's in the 1960s. In the 1970s she started Leith's School of Food and Wine and has since opened several training restaurants and a catering college in South Africa.
The amount of food we throw in the bin in the UK has gone down!
Since 2015, households have reduced how much food they throw away by 400,000 tonnes – our yearly total now comes to 6.6 million tonnes. This has saved us over £1 billion, and that 400,000 tonnes would fill the Royal Albert Hall eight times, or 3.3 million 240l wheelie bins!