Thrifty cook claims she can save more than £1,000 a year by freezing ingredients individually – and says next to nothing goes in the bin
- Kate Hall, 37, said she wasted money by previously freezing entire meals
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A woman reckons she saves over £1,000 a year by freezing all her ingredients individually – and says she now throws less food in the bin.
Kate Hall, 37, from Orpington, Kent, had a ‘lightbulb moment’ when she first realised that freezing food individually could make her a tonne of savings.
The food waste expert – who has been batch cooking for 14 years – said she’d previously been freezing entire meals which, when reheated, could only be used once.
But now with a ready ‘stash’ of ingredients in the freezer, she’s been able to limit her trips to the supermarket, as well as reuse frozen produce time and time again.
She explained: ‘When you add it all together it’s easily north of £1,000 saved a year – as things just aren’t going in the bin.’
Kate Hall (pictured), 37, from Kent, reckons she saves over £1,000 a year by freezing all her ingredients individually
The food expert has been freezing food and batch cooking for 14 years and now owns her own company
‘The way that I have the freezer set up is to have a stash of ingredients. This reduces that temptation to buy things when you’re in the shop.’
‘I always buy the multipack of vegetables or a big pack of chicken so I can freeze those left over bits.’
‘The beauty of what I’ve developed is that you don’t actually need to defrost everything as all of the veg I can cook straight from frozen.’
Kate often spends a couple of minutes prepping leftovers or excess ingredients to go in the freezer.
She adds that the beauty of this regime is that it enables the opportunity to stretch things out so that food lasts longer.
She continued: ‘Rather than thinking I have to use the whole pack of chicken, I can separate and freeze.’
‘I’ve had students on my course thinking they have to use that up and make a bigger portion but we teach them to be able organise and save food for future meals.’
‘It helps you to be able to pull a meal together based on various ingredients that you’ve got. You can be much more flexible about the things you use.’
Kate freezes foods like cherry tomatoes (pictured), strawberries and other items individually, to save both time and money
Kate runs her own batch cooking business called ‘The Full Freezer’ where she teaches people how to make and store things like frozen wine (pictured)
Her expert tips save you time as well as money, as she suggests chopping up food while cooking, before finally placing them in the freezer.
She said: ‘I know if I put something in the fridge it’s just going to end up in the bin.’
‘But I use the approach of going, “Well I’ve made my meal and whilst that’s cooking, I’m just going to chop up these peppers”- and get them in the freezer.’
‘I’ve got no judgment of people being busy, I am too, but it’s very much about stealing a minute here, a minute there, to think about things going in the freezer rather than the bin.’
Kate began sharing freezer and food waste tips in the Covid-19 pandemic as a means of showing people how to get the best out of food.
When the lockdown began, she was initially placed on furlough before eventually being made redundant.
Kate advises separating whole chickens in smaller bits before freezing it, in order to save money and time when cooking
She used the time to put an e-book together with her colleague about how to self-isolate with food.
She explained that when she first started the business, she had no idea how bad food waste was for the planet, and quickly learned of its environmental impact.
She said: ‘I thought I’d make a go of it and found that what I was sharing was really helpful for people.’
‘More and more people were having these little moments that they could relate to and I made the decision to try and make it into a business.’
‘In the last year or so I think people have looked at food in a very different way.’
The expert says her food business is all about reassuring people and making them feel confident.
She added: ‘Every time I spoke to another person and found out how helpful it was to them, I realised I wanted to do this all day, every day.’
‘It’s about using your freezer in a safe way and it’s about how you look after food before and after that makes the difference.’
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