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  • 5 food prep tips for the perfect barbecue

    Take your BBQ to the next level with these simple food prep secrets

    Want to be named the undisputed king or queen of the grill this National BBQ Week?

    Then we’ll let you in on a secret: the perfect barbecue is all in the preparation. Even before you step outside into the sunshine, there are techniques you can use in the kitchen to make sure you get juicy, flavoursome results, instead of the usual burnt bangers!

    Read on to discover our five top BBQ preparation tips for summer.

    Mouth-watering marinade

    Supercharge the flavour of your barbecued ribs or chicken wings with a mouth-watering marinade. Add a few tablespoons each of honey and olive oil to a large jar then mix in a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon each of paprika, cumin and oregano and two chopped garlic cloves. Add your meat to the jar, close the lid and shake for an even coating, then store in the fridge overnight to let the flavours marinate before lighting up the barbecue. For an extra tip, spritz the meat with apple juice while grilling to keep it moist and perfectly caramelised.

    The stick trick

    It’s not all about the meat! Make your BBQ veggie friendly with gloriously colourful vegetable kebabs. Soak the wooden sticks in water for 30 minutes before making the skewers to ensure they don’t burn on the barbecue and help the vegetables slide on smoother. Then drizzle with olive oil and your choice of herbs and spices before cooking on the barbecue.

    Beautiful burgers

    The trick to juicy burgers is to use mince with an 80:20 fat ratio, as this will prevent the meat becoming too dry. Work with cold mince straight out of the fridge and use gentle pressure to form meat into a ball then press into a flat burger, as pressing the meat too tightly together can also lead to dry burgers. A helpful secret to stop burgers sticking to the grill is to rub half an onion over the wire rack before lighting the coals. Finally, why not pre-prepare toppings like grated cheese, sliced tomatoes, pickles, chillies and sauces then place each topping in a different section of a muffin tin, for a mess-free build-your-own burger station that all the family will love.

    Perfect potatoes

    Baked potatoes are another great vegetarian-friendly barbecue option, but they can be time-consuming to cook on coals alone. Speed up the process by pre-cooking in the microwave or oven until almost done, ready to stick on the barbecue wrapped in foil to crisp up the skin while keeping the inside fluffy and light. For an even more tempting treat, stuff your pre-cooked potato with grated cheese and baked beans before foil-wrapping, leaving you with a deliciously gooey centre.

    Fish of the day

    Create a taste-sensation by taking a whole salmon or trout and stuffing the insides with garlic cloves, sprigs of parsley, cracked black pepper and lemon wedges. That way, the flavours will infuse into the fish as it cooks. To keep the fish moist, some chefs recommend wrapping inside several layers of newspaper and soaking in water, as this will stop steam from escaping and seal all the juices inside the fish.

    What are you cooking up for National Barbecue Week? Share your tempting BBQ food photos & secret recipes with us on Facebook or Twitter.

    Category: Advice

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    4 spring cleaning kitchen hacks

    Hassle-free ways to get your kitchen spotless this spring

    Let’s be honest, nobody looks forward to cleaning their kitchen.

    It’s one of those jobs that we all tend to put off, but when spring rolls around and the brighter mornings shine a light on areas of your kitchen you’d prefer remained hidden, the time is right for a full deep-clean.

    So to save you precious time and energy, we’ve put together a list of handy cleaning hacks that will help you make your kitchen look good as new with minimal time and effort.

    Shining bright

    You don’t need to resort to harsh, harmful chemicals to tackle the greasy residue that builds up on the cooker hood after months of cooking up tasty dinners. Instead, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of water and distilled vinegar, spritz liberally onto the cooker hood and leave for 5-10 minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth.

    Lemony fresh

    Like vinegar, lemon juice is another great natural solution for fighting grease, plus it leaves your kitchen smelling beautifully fragrant and fresh. Heating a cup of lemon juice in the microwave for three minutes, or until the liquid has evaporated, will cut through stubborn burnt-on stains so they can be easily wiped away with a sponge, leaving your microwave spotless.

    Cook up a storm

    Cleaning the oven is undoubtedly one of the toughest and messiest jobs in your kitchen, so try this handy tip to save yourself hours of heavy-duty scrubbing. Simply mix up a paste using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and apply to the walls and wire racks of your oven, where the fizzing reaction between these acidic and alkaline ingredients will help to lift burnt-on food. Leave the mixture to work its magic for half an hour, then wipe down with a soapy sponge.

    Ready salted

    Since wood is a porous material, it can be particularly tough to remove stains and discolouration from a wooden chopping board. Thankfully, there is a simple answer to this age-old problem – salt. Sprinkle coarse sea salt over your chopping board then use half a lemon to scrub the rough granules over the surface, loosening trapped-in dirt.

    Have a handy kitchen cleaning hack of your own to share? Then get in touch on Facebook or Twitter to let us know.

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  • Vegetarian lunchbox ideas

    National Vegetarian Week lunchbox ideas

    Meat free meals to take to work or school

    Sticking to a vegetarian diet is easy enough when you have plenty of time to shop for the right ingredients, prepare fresh fruit and vegetables and cook up delicious dishes in the kitchen at home. Unfortunately, grabbing a tasty meat-free meal on the go can be much more tricky, with limited choice often pushing you to the usual bland, repetitive vegetarian menu options.

    So to save you or your vegetarian little ones from boring lunches this National Vegetarian Week, we’ve shared five flavour-packed meat-free lunchbox ideas that are perfect for taking to school or work.

    Serve up a slice

    Roasted vegetable tarts or pizza slices are the perfect portable choice and can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. Simply spread ready roll puff pastry or pizza dough onto a baking sheet and decorate with your choice of fresh vegetables, herbs and spices, then drizzle with a little olive oil to bring out the perfect caramelised flavours when you bake your tart in the oven. Why not go for a traditional Italian combination of sliced tomatoes, peppers, olives and basil, or give your lunch a Greek twist by crumbling feta cheese over slices of aubergine and courgette.

    Summer has arrived

    Take culinary inspiration from the Far East by creating your own vegan Vietnamese summer rolls from scratch. Start by finely chopping red cabbage, carrots, spring onions and cucumber and mixing together with chopped peanuts, lime juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, chilli and fresh basil and mint.

    Next, take a round rice paper wrapper, available from most Asian food stores or larger supermarkets, and sprinkle with water until it becomes pliable, but not totally soft. Spoon an inch-thick line of the vegetable mix along the centre of the rice paper, leaving an inch gap at either end, then roll one side of the wrapper over the line, fold in either end and continue rolling to seal into a cylindrical shape. Make up 3-4 rolls per person then store in the fridge overnight ready to take to school or work the next day.

    Beautiful burgers

    Swap the usual fast-food veggie burgers for a super-charged flavour sensation. Mash chickpeas with middle-eastern spices then form into a burger patty. Dip the patty in oil followed by breadcrumbs and sesame seeds, then lightly fry on the hob alongside strips of halloumi. Layer your patty onto a burger bun with sliced tomatoes, fresh salad, smooth avocado and salty halloumi strips for the ultimate veggie burger.

    Pastry perfection

    Only ever thought of samosas as a side-dish at the local Indian takeaway? Think again! These triangular pastry parcels are the perfect portable way to pack a whole manner of succulent vegetables and tantalising spices into your next lunch break. Fry up a mixture of diced potatoes, carrots, onion and peas blended with curry powder, then dollop a spoonful onto one end of a long rectangular strip of filo pastry. Carefully fold one corner in to form a triangle shape over the mixture, wetting the edge of the pastry to seal the edges, then continue flipping the triangle along the length of the sheet until you reach the end. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden and crisp, then leave to cool ready to pack for lunch.

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    Damp-proof kitchens

    Here's how to prevent pesky damp in the kitchen

    If you’ve ever replaced your kitchen, you’ll know how good it feels when the installation is complete and you can sit down to a relaxing glass of wine or delicious dinner for the first time in your brand new kitchen.

    At Magnet, we believe you should feel that same sense of satisfaction every time you spend time in your kitchen, whether it’s the first time or the five hundred and first. We design kitchens made to stand up to anything life can throw at them, and that includes damp.

    Excess condensation in the kitchen makes the room feel cold and unpleasant, can pose a potential health risk due to mould growth and can even lead to structural damage if left untreated. So to help you take precautions against this common issue, we’ve compiled this handy guide to fighting damp in the kitchen.

    Cooking up a storm

    Unsurprisingly, cooking is one of the biggest causes of excess condensation in the kitchen. While there are simple steps you can take to prevent too much moisture from escaping, like keeping a lid on saucepans on the hob, it’s impossible to prevent steam entirely, so an effective fan is essential. If you’re prone to forgetting to turn on the fan, then consider opting for a cooker hood with hood to hob functionality, which automatically activates and adjusts fan settings to the level of steam produced by your cooking.

    What’s more, you no longer have to compromise on style when choosing an extraction system, as there are now a variety of concealed or even decorative cooker hoods available, like the dazzling Elica Star Island model or the chic Elica Seashell hood.

    Laundry day

    Hanging laundry up to dry inside the home is another major cause of damp, particularly when it’s too cold outside to open a window to let moisture escape. That’s why it’s always best to either hang clothes outdoors on warm, dry days, or use a tumble dryer instead. For smaller homes or apartments without a balcony or garden, a combined washer dryer is a great way to save on precious space while still preventing damp.

    The drop test

    If left to stand, moisture on wood worktops can lead to warping or staining, particular if you’ve forgotten to regularly re-oil the wood, which creates a protective seal to stop liquids from soaking through. Wipe up spills quickly to keep worktops pristine and perform a ‘drop-test’ to check the worktop is well-oiled: if a water drop beads on the surface of the worktop without soaking in, then the wood is protected. If not, you need to reapply oil by rubbing it into the worktops to prevent spills from damaging the wood.

    Prevention is better than cure

    If you do still see signs of damp even after taking these steps, make sure to dry down windowsills, tiled splashbacks and worktops frequently to prevent condensation leading to mildew and mould growth. After all, it’s definitely worth the effort in the long run compared to the cost of replacing window frames or having to re-seal tiling.

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  • Magnet Kitchens 60 minute makeover - Accessible kitchens

    Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover

    Making the kitchen more accessible

    Did you tune in to the new series of Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover on Thursday 1st March?

    If you did, you will have spotted the decorating team fitting some appliances and innovations provided by Magnet to create a more accessible kitchen for the episode’s guest, Nicki, who has cerebral palsy.

    Nicki's current kitchen was adapted to provide maximum independence, using clever features designed for people with limited mobility and wheelchair users.

    Side opening oven

    A side opening oven offers easy access into the appliance, especially when checking on food or the temperature of the oven. The side hinge is simple and easy to use without fuss, avoiding the need to navigate the space in order to open the door. This helpful design is available with both a left or right hinge to suit different kitchen layouts.

    Induction hob

    This option is perfect for an accessible kitchen as it has no naked flames for anyone to have to reach over which could be a fire hazard. It also includes front controls to make turning it on and off simple, and only produces heat when in contact with a pan to prevent accidental burns.

    i-Move

    The i-Move is a really practical storage solution to help reach high up items in a wall unit. The innovation works with both standard and extra tall units, with a smooth transition and simple pull-down handle.

    Our designers work closely with all our customers to create flexible and cost-effective kitchens to meet your individual needs, without compromise on quality or style.

    Book a design appointment to talk to one of our expert kitchen designers about creating your ideal kitchen.

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  • What Can You Do to Reduce Food Waste?

    Helpful tips to reduce food waste and embrace a more sustainable lifestyle

    You don’t need to be a genius to help solve the problem of food waste. With some really small changes to your day-to-day shopping and food prep habits, you could have a big impact.

    Our recent infographic centered around the global issue of food waste and found that people in the United Kingdom wasted an average of 74.7kg of food each year – a far stretch from Greece, where 44kg of food was thrown away per person each year.

    If you want to make a positive impact on the planet, there’s plenty of smart choices you can make which can have a big impact. From the supermarket to the kitchen, follow these steps and start avoiding waste today.

    In the supermarket:

    Shop smarterPlan your weeks’ meals before you get to the store. Strike off any ingredients you already have in, so that you only buy what you need.

    Avoid impulse purchasesDo you really need it? If you have to ask yourself this, there’s a much greater chance this item will end up going to waste.

    Buy looseIf you can, buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than those in packs. Packs usually contain more of a given product than customers actually need in the timeframe that they’ll be ripe and fresh.

    Choose the ugly onesIt might look a strange shape, but it’ll certainly taste the same. Be the person who uses up the funny-looking produce that others won’t.

    In the kitchen:

    Get freezingYou’d be amazed how many food items you can keep by freezing. If you find you only ever get halfway through a loaf of bread before having to throw it; start freezing it instead. It’ll be kinder for the planet and kinder on your wallet too. Our range of fridge freezers provide plenty of space for you to keep all your favourite foods fresh.

    First in, First OutTo avoid your cupboard and fridge food ending up past its use-by-date, operate a first in, first out policy. This means you always try to eat up the oldest items in the cupboard before any recent additions get used. Magnet’s innovative storage solutions can make this an incredibly easy rule to enforce.

    Schedule a ‘use it up’ mealEach week, set aside a day where you’ll rustle together whatever uses up your leftovers. You can’t go wrong by throwing your leftover veg into a blender; you’ll almost always be pleasantly surprised by the results.

    Package your leftovers, no matter the quantityAfter you finish a meal, always scrape your leftovers into a storage container rather than the bin. You might think what’s left ‘doesn’t look worth saving’, but next time you want a quick bite you can reach for the other night’s leftovers instead. Before you know it, you’ll be buying less snack food, saving money, and wasting less in the process.

    At Magnet, we’re dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your kitchen. Browse our range today, and see how we could transform how you think about food.

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    Advice Food Waste Around the World

    The Winners and Losers of Food Waste Around the World

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    Advice Eco-Friendly Habits in the Kitchen

    How to reduce your environmental footprint in the kitchen

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  • What Can You Do to Reduce Food Waste?

    Helpful tips to reduce food waste and embrace a more sustainable lifestyle

    You don’t need to be a genius to help solve the problem of food waste. With some really small changes to your day-to-day shopping and food prep habits, you could have a big impact.

    Our recent infographic centered around the global issue of food waste and found that people in the United Kingdom wasted an average of 74.7kg of food each year – a far stretch from Greece, where 44kg of food was thrown away per person each year.

    If you want to make a positive impact on the planet, there’s plenty of smart choices you can make which can have a big impact. From the supermarket to the kitchen, follow these steps and start avoiding waste today.

    In the supermarket:

    Shop smarterPlan your weeks’ meals before you get to the store. Strike off any ingredients you already have in, so that you only buy what you need.

    Avoid impulse purchasesDo you really need it? If you have to ask yourself this, there’s a much greater chance this item will end up going to waste.

    Buy looseIf you can, buy loose fruit and vegetables rather than those in packs. Packs usually contain more of a given product than customers actually need in the timeframe that they’ll be ripe and fresh.

    Choose the ugly onesIt might look a strange shape, but it’ll certainly taste the same. Be the person who uses up the funny-looking produce that others won’t.

    In the kitchen:

    Get freezingYou’d be amazed how many food items you can keep by freezing. If you find you only ever get halfway through a loaf of bread before having to throw it; start freezing it instead. It’ll be kinder for the planet and kinder on your wallet too. Our range of fridge freezers provide plenty of space for you to keep all your favourite foods fresh.

    First in, First OutTo avoid your cupboard and fridge food ending up past its use-by-date, operate a first in, first out policy. This means you always try to eat up the oldest items in the cupboard before any recent additions get used. Magnet’s innovative storage solutions can make this an incredibly easy rule to enforce.

    Schedule a ‘use it up’ mealEach week, set aside a day where you’ll rustle together whatever uses up your leftovers. You can’t go wrong by throwing your leftover veg into a blender; you’ll almost always be pleasantly surprised by the results.

    Package your leftovers, no matter the quantityAfter you finish a meal, always scrape your leftovers into a storage container rather than the bin. You might think what’s left ‘doesn’t look worth saving’, but next time you want a quick bite you can reach for the other night’s leftovers instead. Before you know it, you’ll be buying less snack food, saving money, and wasting less in the process.

    At Magnet, we’re dedicated to ensuring you get the most out of your kitchen. Browse our range today, and see how we could transform how you think about food.

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    Advice Food Waste Around the World

    The Winners and Losers of Food Waste Around the World

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    Advice Eco-Friendly Habits in the Kitchen

    How to reduce your environmental footprint in the kitchen

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  • Food Waste Around the World

    The Winners and Losers of Food Waste Around the World

    Food waste is a truly global issue. You might be surprised to know quite how much of the food we buy goes straight from the fridge to the bin. So much so, in fact, that the UK collectively threw away 4.9 billion kilograms of food in 2017.

    That being said, we certainly aren’t unique. According to the Food Sustainability Index 2017, many countries of the world are wasting millions of tons of food each year due to stockpiling, spoilage and in some cases, downright fussiness.

    But thankfully, people across the planet are kicking into action in a bid to make our use and consumption of food smarter, more sustainable and kinder to the environment. From charities to major organisations, governments to citizens, innovative ideas are changing our relationship with food. And as a result of new initiatives, technology and changes to the law, many corners of the world are beginning to see their food waste haul shrink.

    Food Waste Around the World: The Winners and Losers

    Each year, the Food Sustainability Index publishes data on how the nations of the world fare when it comes to throwing away food. For many of the planet’s most populated countries, it takes an informed estimate of the amount each citizen is leaving uneaten – and the variation is stark.

    Those in Greece are the most resourceful, closely followed by China. The latter might throw away 61 billion kilograms of food, but spread across its huge population this accounts for just 44kg per citizen; low by international standards. Other countries to rank well include India, Brazil, and the United Kingdom, where its residents waste an average of 74.7kg of food per head.

    At the opposite end of the spectrum, Sweden wastes a surprising 200kg per person each year. A little behind them, the United States throws away 91 billion kilograms of food annually – more than twice the amount of the UK, France, Germany and Japan combined. Per head though, they’re far from worst. Australia throws away a colossal 361kg per person each year – that’s more than eight times the amount thrown away by your average Greek.

    Thankfully, no matter what position these countries fall in, there’s evidence of a shift in attitude; with exciting new concepts seeking to end food waste right across the globe. You can read about some of these, as well as view the full ranking of countries, below.

    To help reduce the amount of food wasted around the world, we’ve come up with some easy tips for things we can do that will have a positive impact on the planet. By making more conscious decisions at the supermarket and in the kitchen, we’ll be able to reduce just how much food we end up wasting.

    How do you make sure you waste as little food as possible? Be sure to share your tips with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also check out our blog if you’re after more kitchen inspiration.

    The Food Sustainability Index 2017:

    http://foodsustainability.eiu.com/

    Population data:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependencies_by_population

    Sources for national food waste initiatives:

    http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/newsroom/news/2017/11/11-01-2017-fighting-food-waste-in-greece

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/mar/20/bread-rationing-egypt-food-waste-grain-wheat

    https://www.bmel.de/EN/Food/Value-Of-Food/_Texte/ZgfdT.html

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36965671

    https://foodtank.com/news/2015/01/twenty-one-inspiring-initiatives-working-to-reduce-food-waste-around-the-wo/

    https://foodtank.com/index.php?title=Organizations/Barilla_Center_for_Food_%26_Nutrition

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/04/french

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/13/you-say-tomato-retailers-say-waste-research-finds-produce-problem

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/mar/20/bread-rationing-egypt-food-waste-grain-wheat

    http://www.toogoodtogo.co.uk

    https://yonodesperdicio.org

    http://www.ozharvest.org

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  • Food Waste Around the World

    The Winners and Losers of Food Waste Around the World

    Food waste is a truly global issue. You might be surprised to know quite how much of the food we buy goes straight from the fridge to the bin. So much so, in fact, that the UK collectively threw away 4.9 billion kilograms of food in 2017.

    That being said, we certainly aren’t unique. According to the Food Sustainability Index 2017, many countries of the world are wasting millions of tons of food each year due to stockpiling, spoilage and in some cases, downright fussiness.

    But thankfully, people across the planet are kicking into action in a bid to make our use and consumption of food smarter, more sustainable and kinder to the environment. From charities to major organisations, governments to citizens, innovative ideas are changing our relationship with food. And as a result of new initiatives, technology and changes to the law, many corners of the world are beginning to see their food waste haul shrink.

    Food Waste Around the World: The Winners and Losers

    Each year, the Food Sustainability Index publishes data on how the nations of the world fare when it comes to throwing away food. For many of the planet’s most populated countries, it takes an informed estimate of the amount each citizen is leaving uneaten – and the variation is stark.

    Those in Greece are the most resourceful, closely followed by China. The latter might throw away 61 billion kilograms of food, but spread across its huge population this accounts for just 44kg per citizen; low by international standards. Other countries to rank well include India, Brazil, and the United Kingdom, where its residents waste an average of 74.7kg of food per head.

    At the opposite end of the spectrum, Sweden wastes a surprising 200kg per person each year. A little behind them, the United States throws away 91 billion kilograms of food annually – more than twice the amount of the UK, France, Germany and Japan combined. Per head though, they’re far from worst. Australia throws away a colossal 361kg per person each year – that’s more than eight times the amount thrown away by your average Greek.

    Thankfully, no matter what position these countries fall in, there’s evidence of a shift in attitude; with exciting new concepts seeking to end food waste right across the globe. You can read about some of these, as well as view the full ranking of countries, below.

    To help reduce the amount of food wasted around the world, we’ve come up with some easy tips for things we can do that will have a positive impact on the planet. By making more conscious decisions at the supermarket and in the kitchen, we’ll be able to reduce just how much food we end up wasting.

    How do you make sure you waste as little food as possible? Be sure to share your tips with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also check out our blog if you’re after more kitchen inspiration.

    The Food Sustainability Index 2017:

    http://foodsustainability.eiu.com/

    Population data:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependencies_by_population

    Sources for national food waste initiatives:

    http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/newsroom/news/2017/11/11-01-2017-fighting-food-waste-in-greece

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/mar/20/bread-rationing-egypt-food-waste-grain-wheat

    https://www.bmel.de/EN/Food/Value-Of-Food/_Texte/ZgfdT.html

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36965671

    https://foodtank.com/news/2015/01/twenty-one-inspiring-initiatives-working-to-reduce-food-waste-around-the-wo/

    https://foodtank.com/index.php?title=Organizations/Barilla_Center_for_Food_%26_Nutrition

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/04/french

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/13/you-say-tomato-retailers-say-waste-research-finds-produce-problem

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/mar/20/bread-rationing-egypt-food-waste-grain-wheat

    http://www.toogoodtogo.co.uk

    https://yonodesperdicio.org

    http://www.ozharvest.org

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    Eco-Friendly Habits in the Kitchen

    How to reduce your environmental footprint in the kitchen

    While most of us strive to reduce our environmental footprint, achieving this goal can prove tricky.

    Two crucial factors for living sustainability in the kitchen are planning ahead to make sure you buy just enough food and avoiding waste wherever possible. However, it often takes a little extra push to ensure you stick to these goals.

    Thankfully, there are a few simple features you can include when designing your new kitchen to keep environmental impact in mind and encourage you to make greener decisions.

    Out of sight is out of mind

    Unfortunately, the old saying ‘out of sight is out of mind’ is sadly true when it comes to the jars and packages of food lurking at the back of your cabinets or fridge nearing their expiration dates. Knowing when food passes its use by date is the best way to ensure you make the most of what you have, keeping in mind that sell by dates are not the same as use by dates to avoid wasting perfectly good food.

    To help you keep track of what’s about to go out of date, it’s best to keep items clearly visible within your kitchen. However this doesn’t have to mean ugly, cluttered worktops, as Magnet have developed some ingenious space saving storage solutions to stow away kitchen essentials but still ensure they are right at hand when you need them. Take the Cabinet Plus for example, a descending shelf section which makes the items at the back of your cabinets easier to reach. Or alternatively, consider the Shelf Plus, a stacking shelf system with customisable sections made to perfectly fit everything from tea and coffee jars to herb pots and even kitchen roll holders.

    A system for success

    Nobody wants their kitchen to be littered with different rubbish bags and recycling storage bins, but equally it’s no fun having to spend time sorting waste into different bins every time you take the rubbish out. The best approach to avoid these less-than-desirable alternatives is to opt for a concealed recycling bin system with different compartments for each type of waste, such as Magnet’s pull out three part recycling bin. That way, it’s easy to categorise rubbish as you throw it away, but your bins still stow neatly away under your kitchen counter. The fact that this three-part system includes a section for compost is particularly crucial, since food scraps account for nearly a quarter of all human waste and are the number one material sent to landfills.

    Be energy efficient

    Food isn’t the only thing we tend to waste in our kitchens, as inefficient kitchen appliances can also use up a great deal of energy, increasing your carbon footprint and contributing towards global pollution. In fact, the fridge typically accounts for between 9 and 15 per cent of each home’s total electricity usage, so ensuring you choose energy efficient appliances is important for both your bank balance and the planet.

    Thankfully, appliance manufacturers are increasingly making their designs more energy efficient, and all appliances within the Magnet collection are labelled with energy efficiency ratings to help you make smarter, more sustainable choices for your household.

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