61% of UK adults are cooking with leftovers every week since COVID-19 lockdown, reveals survey

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13th October 2020 13:01 - Food

61% of UK adults cooking with leftovers every week since Covid-19 lockdown: A survey of consumers has found many have reduced their food waste during the Covid-19 lockdown, with more than three-fifths (61%) saying they are now cooking with leftovers every week. 

The survey, commissioned by Tesco, polled 2,000 UK adults and found that as a result of the pandemic, two-thirds feel differently about the food they eat, with more than a third (35%) saying they have reduced the amount of food they waste since lockdown was introduced in March. 

The easing of restrictions has not changed the reduction in food waste for the majority of respondents, with three-quarters saying they maintained their new outlook when measures were lifted throughout the summer. 

Almost three in 10 respondents (29%) said that the global pandemic has made them value their food more than they had pre-lockdown. 

As well as the 61% cooking using leftovers each week, a third (32%) said they were planning meals for themselves or their families each week as a result of Covid-19, while 22% they have been batch cooking meals - and then freezing them for future use. 

Asked how likely they were to continue these measures in the future, just 3% of those who said they had cut down on food waste do not plan to continue. 

Tesco head of food waste campaigns Mark Little said: "Lockdown has led to a huge change in people’s relationship with food, with many more of us taking steps to reduce waste at home."

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