While 52 per cent admitted they are not aware of the correct portions recommended for various dishes. It also emerged that during the typical week, households generate food waste on an average of three days.
In a bid to reduce it, 27 per cent have tested out measuring tools such as a spaghetti measurer, and 23 per cent have used plates as a guide. Baker Street’s spokesperson added:
“Bread is one of the most wasted food items, with more than a quarter (26 per cent) of throwing it away regularly. Our products are cleverly packed to last longer and this year, we are supporting Food Waste Action Week with top tips, leftover recipe inspiration and savings ideas to help the one in 10 who admit they would like to reduce their food waste, but don’t know how.”
Among the ingredients people waste at least once a month are bags of salad (28 per cent), bread (26 per cent) and potatoes (21 per cent). But those polled, via OnePoll, go to greater lengths to avoid wasting meat (33 per cent), fish (25 per cent) and vegetables (24 per cent).
Instead of throwing it away, 24 per cent have re-used food in a way which doesn’t involve eating it, including as a plant fertiliser (18 per cent) and a face scrub (eight per cent).