Reducing Summer Barbeque Food Waste

Rebecca Wilson, passionate about recycling across South Yorkshire
Rebecca Wilson
5 Jun 2023

With Summer upon us, the barbeques are fired up whilst we all enjoy the long summer days. It is easy to get carried away with the amount of food cooked and consumed which can often result in a high volume of waste. We’ve put together some top tips on ways to reduce food waste at home when hosting a summer get together.


A range of food being cooked on the barbeque, portion planning helps to reduce food waste

Organisation is key, make a list in advance of who will bring certain items to avoid everyone bringing the same food and having large amounts of waste because there is nothing worse than having to eat the same leftovers for four days. You could even budget per guest, for example each person will eat 1 sausage, 1 burger and one bread bun to avoid buying too much.


You can check what everyone wants to eat before cooking and cook to order rather than all at once, if anyone is still hungry then you can cook more. This avoids waste because any uncooked food can be frozen for later. Freezing uncooked or uneaten food is a brilliant way to reduce waste and save yourself money.


When serving food, don’t be tempted to use paper plates because it saves on washing up. Reusable plates and cutlery can be washed and used over and over again. This can save you money and help the environment.


Get creative with your leftovers and make some tasty meals, rather than throwing them away.


Here are some great recipes to try:


BBQ chicken drumsticks with slaw


Buttery baked corn on the cob


Sloppy Joe


Sausage and Bean Casserole


You could make smoothies or ice lollies from leftover fruit salads or tired fruit in the bowl.


You do not even need a food blender, you can put pieces of fruit in an ice lolly mould with sugar-free lemonade or juice!


What do you think of our tips on how to reduce food waste? Get in touch with us on twitter @WasteLessSYorks and let us know.

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