Tips for reducing waste

With so much focus on costs and on having the right products for your menu, it’s absolutely vital that you do all you can to reduce wastage.

Chef support

Make friends with your freezer

Reduce all elements of your menu

Use products multiple times on your menu

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Food waste resources

Food waste tools

There is more focus on reducing food waste now than ever before. Therefore, our Culinary Development Chef, Paul Tunnicliffe has put together a food waste matrix to inspire chefs and help with reducing the most commonly wasted ingredients.

The matrix provides meal ideas to consider putting on your menu which are both tasty and great for making sure the ingredients don’t get wasted.

Click here to view the food waste matrix

Think of different ways to reduce waste

If you have the freezer capacity, utilise it as much as you can.

If you need to prioritise your freezer, think about what defrosts the quickest so you don’t have too much stock defrosting at the same time and so you can quickly defrost product during a busy service.

Reduce your menu size where you can

The bigger the menu you have, the more preparation/stock you have to hold and potentially lose.

By having a large menu, it means there is more room for mistakes to happen during service as a result of overcooking and undercooking, particularly if your labour is strained.

Tips for reducing food waste

Try to use a product multiple times on your menu, for example:

• Can your burger bun become a pretzel bun to be used also as a gourmet American style bun carrier for your sandwich menu?

• Could you look at the cheese slice you use for burgers? Could the cheese be used as a sandwich fill or even added with ham to create a chicken schnitzel cordon bleu on a main course dish?

• Look at the sauces you’re using and find ways for using them across your menu on different dishes. For example, you could use a tomato base in pasta dishes, soups and as a pizza topping, but you could also use it to mix it in with other premium flavours, like harissa, for quality dips.

This enables you to use up ingredients whilst they’re in date and helps reduce waste and costs at the same time.

Rise up against food waste

When focusing on reducing food waste it can be difficult to know where to begin. Guardians of Grub provide a fantastic hub of support. This includes practical tools aimed at everyone from CEOs to kitchen porters, so they can confidently reduce the amount of waste you produce.

Food waste resources and pledges to sign up to

There are plenty of food waste apps available which are growing in popularity with consumers and great for reducing your waste, particularly in city locations. We’ve seen a rise in brands helping with this, such as Too good to go, Karma, Olio, WRAP and IGD are inviting businesses to participate in whole chain food waste reduction plans (WCPs) – working together across the supply chain to take joint actions that reduce farm to fork food waste.

WCPs form a key deliverable of the Courtauld Commitment 2030 and the UK Food Waste Reduction Roadmap. As well as the pledges, they have resources available to help you reach your goals.

Food waste recipe ideas

Looking for recipe ideas and more information about the importance of food waste? Love Food Hate Waste provide fantastic resources for chefs to help them reducing the amount of food they waste. This includes insightful blogs and waste-busting recipes too.

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