Our use of cookies We use necessary cookies to make our site work. Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, website analytics and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our privacy policy.

To agree to our use of cookies, click the 'Accept' button. No, give me more info

Making the most of your food

We have some handy food hints and tips to help you keep your food fresher for longer, save money and will cut down on the amount of food thrown in the bin.

Best before dates

Best before and sell by dates can be really confusing and the cause of a lot of wasted food that can still be consumed.

Use by is about food safety, food should not be consumed after the use by date. Best before refers to quality - your food is at its best before this date but should still be OK to eat after the date.  Love Food Hate Waste have some great hints and tips all about food date labels.

Love your Freezer

If you haven’t had time to eat it you might be able to freeze it right up to the use by date. Most food can be frozen, except those with a high-water content such as lettuce. Many common items such as milk, bread and cheese can all be frozen. Do not re-freeze food which has previously been frozen if you are unsure check the label.

Don’t let your leftovers go to waste

You can turn most of your leftovers into another tasty meals. For a few ideas for using leftovers, check out our recipe book.

For other ideas add what your leftover ingredients are in the Love Food Hate Waste website to generate suggested recipes.

Chilled out fridge

Your fridge should be set to below 5°C to stop items in the fridge from perishing too quickly. Check out these handy top tips on how to keep your fridge cool.

There are no results that match your search criteria

Latest environment news

Funding Available for Projects that Help Improve the Local Environment

Community groups from across Staffordshire are being invited to apply for funding for projects that help improve their local environment.
12 January 2022

People Reminded Not To Feed Birds at Chasewater

Visitors to Chasewater Country Park are being reminded not to feed the birds to help reduce the spread of avian influenza.
07 January 2022

New climate change learning initiative offered to Staffordshire Families

Organised by Staffordshire County Council's Community Learning Service, 'How On Earth' is an innovative online learning initiative which encourages families to learn together about the issues surrounding climate change.
07 January 2022

People urged to treecycle after the festive season

People from across the county are being asked to do their bit for the planet by 'treecycling' their real Christmas trees.
21 December 2021

Visit the Staffordshire Newsroom

Contacting the chat service.

Please wait...
Chat with us
digital assistant
Enter your question below