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Making use of asparagus – stalks and all. For many Kiwis the first asparagus spears in the supermarket are a sign that summer is just around the corner.

Read on here for top tips on how to best store your asparagus to ensure it lasts for longer and gain some inspiration for what to do with the tougher part of the stalks.

Easy Choice – Family Kai, a new initiative supported by Kāpiti Coast District Council is aiming to feed families for $60.

Produced by Love Food Hate Waste, Easy Choice - Family Kai is a seasonal meal planner and recipe book which consists of four weeks of five dinner meal plans that will feed a family of six for approximately $60 a week.

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Soup season is well and truly here. Aside from being warming, filling and comforting, we love soups because they are a great way to either use up leftover or vegetables that are no longer at their best.

Soups are very forgiving - you can freehand quantities and add in all sorts of odds and ends but still create something delicious.

Here’s some tips for turning leftovers into soups

Reducing food waste when you have young kids can be tricky. It’s probably no surprise that households with young children are likely to waste a lot more food than average.

Meal times can be fraught no matter the age of your children and often, despite your best efforts, more food may end up in the bin than in your kid’s tummies.

Here are a few tricks that you can try with young children to minimise how much food is being wasted. Read more.

10 tips to make meal planning easier. One of the easiest ways to reduce your food waste is to buy what you need, and eat what you buy.

But anyone who has stepped foot in a supermarket will know that is easier said than done. Supermarkets can be overwhelming with treats on offer, new products to try and so many choices – it’s no surprise that most people walk out with far more food than they need. Read more

Chances are that if you have children, at some point or another you have battled with them about eating their bread crusts. Instead of tossing the crusts in the bin, you can transform them into treats that your children will want to eat. Try this recipe for chocky bready muffins – you can even get the kids to help! Read more

Barbecues are a staple of the Kiwi summer – throw some meat on the BBQ, whip up a salad and crack open a cold one.

Our love for meat, however, and our BYO-meat style of entertaining means we often end up with a mountain of meat – far more than can be eaten in one sitting. Read more.

Summer is in full swing now, which means your kitchen should be full of sweetcorn, salad and stone fruit.

Unfortunately, New Zealand’s humid climate means that produce deteriorates far quicker this time of year, making it more important than ever to store your food correctly.

Here are Love Food Hate Waste’s storage secrets to keep your food fresh in the summer heat. Read more.

Tis the season for eating. No matter how much we (over) indulge on Christmas Day, there always seem to be leftovers.

Leftovers are a precious part of Christmas, with many Kiwi families counting on leftovers to feed themselves for Christmas dinner, Boxing Day and beyond. But there inevitably comes a point when you can’t handle another ham sandwich. This is where your freezer steps in. Read more.


Clean out for Christmas. November is a good time to clean out your fridge, freezer and pantry in preparation for Christmas. Not only will you be making space to store a turkey or ham, and lots of leftovers, you can also save yourself some money in the process. Read more.

To peel or not to peel. Are you someone who peels every vegetable, regardless of how you are going to be cooking it? Or do you do it out of habit, reaching for the peeler on auto pilot?  Peeling vegetables (and many fruits) is a waste of food, time, money, fibre and nutrients. Read more.

Use your loaf. 20 million loaves of bread are thrown away in New Zealand every year. It’s hard to believe that all of our uneaten crusts, stale slices and mouldy bread could add up to so much waste. Bread is a staple ingredient but you may find you only ever use it for toast and sandwiches. There are lots of different things you can do with bread, like making our meal in a mug recipe. Read more.

Citrus is the star of winter. When not a lot else is in season it is sweet, colourful and cheap. Many people who grow citrus are faced with the problem of how to eat it all.

If you have a citrus tree, it is best to leave the fruit on the tree and pick as needed. Citrus can stay good for months on the tree. The longer they stay on the tree, the sweeter they get. Read more.

Be a broccoli stalker. Do you eat broccoli stalks? If not, why not? It may be the case that you were only served the florets as a child, so you think that you can't eat the stalks. Broccoli stalks are both edible and delicious

Everything you needed to know about expiry dates. Many of us get confused by the dates printed on our food packaging. Some of us wouldn’t touch food even a day past the date listed, while others are comfortable to eat food well after. Knowing the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ is important in reducing food waste. So what do they mean?

Fabulous Feijoas. The eagerly anticipated feijoa season is always fast and furious. In May many of us are sick of the sight of them, but then it’s over for the rest of the year. Once you’ve stewed, bottled, frozen and/or made paste or jam you will be left with a mountain of feijoa skins. Don’t throw them in the compost bin just yet – they’re perfect for flavouring cordial. Find out how.

From one meal to the next. Leftovers are an inevitable part of cooking - sometimes we can accidentally cook too much while other times our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. A savvy cook can use the leftovers from one meal as the starting point for the next. This way of cooking not only ensures that any leftover food doesn’t go to waste, but it can also save you time and money. Read more, including a Pumpkin Hummus recipe.

Are you a picky eater? Not necessarily in the food, you like to eat, but more in the way you like your food to look? Despite a few outer imperfections, ‘ugly’ produce is just as nutritionally good as any other regular produce. This healthy and nutritious food is going to waste, purely because of how it looks. Read more, including a Carrot Cake Cookie recipe.

Recipe of the Month: February is a wonderful time of year when gardens are full of produce. If your garden is producing more food than you can eat, don’t let it go to waste. If you have a glut of tomatoes, make the most of them by turning it into this easy pasta sauce which will keep for months, either in preserving jars or in the freezer. Read more

Love Your Christmas Leftovers: With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time to start planning your Christmas feast. This usually results in an expensive shopping bill, but if you plan your meals well, you might find that your Christmas dinner will keep you going through Boxing Day and beyond. Read more


Creative ways to Love Food Hate Waste:  As a nation, we throw out enough food every year to feed the whole of Dunedin for two years! The Love Food Hate Waste campaign was launched in June. So what have we been up to so far?

Love Food, Hate Waste, Save Money

The average New Zealand family throws away three full shopping trolleys of uneaten food each year, adding up to more than $560 of food going to waste. The Love Food Hate Waste website draws awareness to our behaviours around consuming and throwing out food, with a range of informative solutions and tips. Read more.

Do you have a great tip for avoiding food waste?  Share your tips on the Sustainable Communities Kapiti facebook page and win!

Revealing the quincessentials

The long, mellow autumn has brought a plentiful harvest each Thursday to Transition Town Ōtaki’s community fruit and vegetable stall. Quinces are especially abundant this year but seem to be a mystery to many who come to the stall. Find out the secret to cooking a perfect quince, and more on how the Season Surplus stall operates. Read more

social pantry

Community Kai in Kāpiti: New initiatives in Kāpiti that are finding ways to both reduce food waste and provide food for to those in need. Read more.