I'm not making resolutions as such....to me, a new year's resolution is something that's set too high and thus you'll soon get fed up with trying to achieve it or keep it going for any length of time. But I have thought about a few things we want to achieve this year, starting now, all of which are well within our reach and can easily be maintained, with a bit of effort.
1. Zero food waste. I don't want to waste ANY food, if I can help it. We never have to go hungry in this country, whereas thousands in poorer countries do every day, so to waste food is a crime. I know it doesn't benefit any of those poor people (Mum used to say to us when we were being picky at mealtimes as kids "there are starving children in Ethiopia who'd be glad of that!"), but even so, we shouldn't take food for granted to the extent where we just throw it away. So if I notice we have fresh food that's going past its best or is about to go out of date and we can't use it immediately, I will cook and freeze it. Any leftovers from dinners will be frozen too, even if it's just a small amount of meat or veg.....added to over a couple of weeks and there'll soon be enough to make a hash or bubble and squeak.
2. Cutting down on shopping, both the quantity and the time. This can be achieved by doing a few things. Writing a menu plan each week, by looking first in the fridge and veg baskets to see what we have that needs using, supplemented by frozen or larder stuff. Then making a shopping list of only what we need and sticking to it as much as possible. I plan on doing this every week from now on, but with the aim of eventually shopping fortnightly instead of weekly. Although I want to stick to the shopping list, I won't exclude buying a few bargains, but only of things that we use anyhow if they happen to be on a good special offer, or are reduced a lot because of the date. Our chest freezer is currently full, so we certainly don't need much in the way of meat, or even milk and bread, for a while.
3. Doing more batch cooking. At the moment, as Betty takes up so much of our attention, I don't have a lot of time for cooking on a daily basis. So on one or two days each week when husband is off and he can keep her amused, I aim to spend some time cooking meals for the freezer, so there's always a dinner there ready to be pulled out when I don't have a lot of time.
There are a few other things I'm mulling over, but that's enough to be going on with.