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This is your chance to earn your Wastebuster Food Detective badge!

Prevent food waste crimes happening in your home by investigating which foods might be in danger of being wasted and how they can be saved.

  1. Write your findings on the Food Detective Case Notes (you can download and print the Case Notes or make your own version using scrap paper).
  2. Take a photo of your completed Case Notes
  3. Upload it to earn your Food Detective badge and don’t forget to display it somewhere your family will see it.

Remember! For this investigation you will need these great top tips for saving food and some yummy recipes from the Amazing Waste Cookbook

Top Tips for Wastebusters to Save Food!

Help your parent/guardian with the family shopping list by planning meals together.

  • Read the labels to find out how food should be stored to stay fresher for longer.
  • “Best before” dates are different from “use by” dates. You have to eat things by the “use by” date, but “best before” dates mean the food will be at its best quality before or on that date.
  • Don’t put more food on your plate or in your bowl than you can eat.
  • Save, store and eat your leftovers.
  • More things can be frozen than you think, like cheese, bread and even butter.
  • Food isn’t meant to be frozen forever; it will dry it out, so keep note of when you freeze items.
  • A tidy fridge means it’s easier to see what needs to be eaten and when.
  • If your family check what is in the fridge and cupboards before going shopping, they won’t accidently buy something twice. People often forget to do this!
  • Keep track of what you throw out so you can work out what you are wasting and why. Perhaps you are buying more than you need or it needs to be stored differently.
  • Pickling, making jam or drying fruit and vegetables will mean you can store them for much longer.
  • You can make yummy recipes with leftover food or food that needs to be used up!

You can find out more great tips and recipes for cutting food waste by visiting West Sussex Waste Partnership’s Fight Against Food Waste and at Love Food Hate Waste.

Downloadable PDF’s For this activity:
FoodDetectiveCaseNotes.pdf (132kb)
AmazingWasteCookbook.pdf (1.5MB)

Write down your food waste findings in the Food Detective Case Notes and Check out the recipes in the Amazing Waste Cookbook!

Upload a photo of your completed Food Detective Case Notes to earn your Food Detective badge!

If you also earn your Wastebuster Star and Treasure Hunt badges before the 14th August 2020 you will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a year’s subscription to National Geographic Kids magazine and 3 months of weekly vegetable box deliveries for your family!


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