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Secret food stash

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The average Australian throws out 145 kg of food every year, which works out to nearly 20% of all the food we buy in total. I'd like to think I'm different, but really, I know I'm guilty.

The half-loaf of bread that goes stale before I get to use it all, the fresh vegies I buy to make wonderful home-cooked meals with, but end up going limp because I changed my mind and got takeaway instead. It all adds up a bit at a time, and it's really a shame.

Most of our food waste ends up turning yuck in landfill. I've done a bit better lately because I've got a compost bin now - instead of creating methane which becomes a powerful greenhouse gas, I'm making useful material I can use in the garden.

But it'd be better not to waste the food I buy in the first place. As well as the food going to waste, think of all the energy and time it took to make it and truck it around Australia. We can really do better in this regard - check out the fantastic Love Food, Hate Waste website for some ideas.

How about you? Do you have anything lurking in the back of the cupboard that you should use up before it goes to waste? If you're not sure what to do with it, leave a comment and we'll see if we can figure something out!