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Perfect portions

By planning and using the right portions, you can reduce your food wastage and cut your food bills.
Woman pouring porridge into a boiling pan

Use Love Food Hate Waste's portion planner to help you get your portions right before cooking a meal.

Every kitchen needs a few basic gadgets to maximise efficiency and keep cooking fun. Putting the lid on your food waste once and for all takes just four pieces of key kitchen kit:-

  • a mug - an average size mug is great for measuring uncooked rice, one adult portion is about 1/4 mug
  • the humble tablespoon - good for measuring portions of beans, lentils, sugar and dried fruit
  • a spaghetti measurer -  if you've not got one to hand then try our simple DIY version in Love Food Hate Waste's kitchen survival kit (at the bottom of the page)
  • weighing scales - avoid cooking too much by getting in the habit of using the kitchen scales

Don't forget that food packaging often has a guideline amount to cook per portion. Some even have handy portioning lines on the side to help you measure the right amount without having to break out the scales. Don't panic if you cook too much, there are lots of ways you can use it again thanks to some savvy storage.