Ireland is throwing away 1 million tonnes of food annually but food costs money and for the average Irish household that means €700 going in the bin every year.
On the final episode of What Are You Eating? Philip Boucher-Hayes (PBH!) met Ross and Mel Good who – with two small children who are finicky eaters – are having a hard time controlling their food waste.
With the help of food waste expert Dr Mary Magee, the family accepts the challenge of reducing their food waste over a two-week period.
Do people really know how to divide their rubbish into recyclables and black bin waste? PBH meets David Duff of Thornton’s Recycling to see some of the big mistakes people make when sorting food containers and packaging on bin day.
For singletons, food waste is hard to avoid as so much food is packaged to cater for four or more portions.
But, for those who can afford it, there is the meal kit - a healthy answer to fast food.
For around €50 per week, you can have all the ingredients for three full dinners complete with recipe card delivered to your door and all you have to do is chop and cook – no waste, no spoilage.
Busy Dublin nurse manager David Lee is studying for a masters and works different hours to his husband Kieran meaning they’re often not around for shared mealtimes.
David road tests the meal kit for a week to see if it helps him cut back on food waste and if it offers an attractive alternative to processed ready-meals.
In the kitchen, chef Hilary O’Hagan Brennan explains how Sunday’s roast can be Monday’s stock.
In the food lab, we find out the results of a comparison between Hilary’s homemade stock and commercial stocks.
Loam Restaurant’s chef/owner Enda McEvoy shows Philip how upcycled food makes an impact on his menus.
Finally, food historian Dr Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire explains why offal, now largely ignored, was once the most fashionable meat to eat.