Kids in the kitchen

Get your kids involved in the cooking.

21 May 2020

Are you staying at home and wondering what you can make from your pantry staples?

Below are some tips to help you avoid wasting food, limit your trips to the shops and make the most of the ingredients you already have.

  • When children are involved in choosing and preparing food, they are more likely to eat that meal. Now is a great time to get them involved in the kitchen. There are many autumn recipes that are easy for kids to make.
  • Measure ingredients properly to avoid food waste and save yourself another trip to the shops. Preparing the right amount and letting children serve themselves, will reduce waste and also prevent overeating. A portion planner provides guidance on how much food you need for each person.
  • Too much food and too little time to eat it? Why not start a love affair with your freezer? Freeze produce to extend its life and freshness. It’s best to label the food and date containers before freezing. Check out some great meals you can prepare and freeze for those last minute dinners, such as spicy roasted pumpkin soup, south Indian prawns and coconut and much more.
  • Think about using leftovers for dinner. Get creative, see what you can cook, blend, bake or fry up into an isolation transformation masterpiece! Don’t throw ingredients out, freeze for later or transform them into something tasty, not wastey.

Knowing the difference between ‘Use By’ and ‘Best Before’ is important in reducing food waste. So, what do these dates really mean? Is it safe to eat food after the date has passed?

  • Do not eat any food items beyond their ‘Use By’ date. You will mainly find ‘Use By’ dates on meat, seafood and chilled products. The reason that some foods have ‘Use By’ dates is because they can spoil and become hazardous without any visual signs.
  • ‘Best Before’ is about food quality rather than food safety. However, you should take caution when consuming food well-past its best before date.If you are pregnant, sick, elderly or are giving the food to a young child, take extra caution with ‘Use By’ and ‘Best Before’ dates.
  • To extend the life of food, freeze it before the Use By date. Defrost it in your fridge overnight and eat it within 24 hours after defrosting.

To find out about help, advice and support during the COVID-19 pandemic, head to covid19.act.gov.au.

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