42% of the food we buy is ending up in the bin (Pictures: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Apparently onions are best kept out of the fridge – who knew?

British households are throwing away £2,675 of unused food each year on average, according to new data by Samsung.

This equates to being 42% of all the food we’re actually buying.

With a recent report by Waitrose showing that our attitudes to food have changed in the last year, you’ll probably be keen to hear how you can avoid wasting such a high cost amount of food.

A lot of waste comes from incorrectly storing food, with Brits commonly storing things like pears (55%), apples (64%), oranges (66%) on the counter instead of in the fridge.

We’re also wasting lots of fresh herbs (52%), ready meals (46%), plus sauces and condiments (45%).

Condiments like ketchup are being wasted partly because as a nation we’re divided on where it should go. The answer: in the fridge once opened. 50% of Brits keep it out of the fridge.



Research shows these are the food categories with the most wastage

  • Fresh Herbs – 52%
  • Ready Meals – 46%
  • Sauces/Condiments – 45%
  • Desserts – 42%
  • Dry Goods – 42%
  • Sweets/Chocolate – 41%
  • Bread – 41%
  • Fruit – 41%
  • Vegetables – 40%
  • Dairy Products – 38%

Bafflingly, nearly half of those surveyed knew that better organisation of their food would reduce their food waste – and yet, we still haven’t changed our storage habits.

There are other factors contributing to food waste too, as over a quarter of those surveyed were guilty of forgetting items are in the fridge, not checking expiration dates and not planning meals ahead of shopping.

For increased longevity, Samsung advise that carrots, eggs, plums, garlic, pears, apples and oranges should all be stored in the fridge.

Onions meanwhile should be left outside of the fridge.

Avocados, peaches and melon should be stored out of the fridge before they ripen, but put into the fridge once they’re ripe to boost their lifespan.

Two thirds of Brits feel guilty over the amount of food they waste, with lockdown drawing their attention to just how much ends up in the bin.

Despite this, only 56% have a plan in place to help tackle the issue at home.


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