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At this time of the year, keeping food cool is more important than ever. With many of us enjoying healthy salads and chilled meats, fish and seafood as we lap up the sunshine, making sure our ingredients stay fresh is key. As well as being safe to eat, keeping everything cool maintains its freshness for longer, which helps prevent food waste at the same time.

According to climate action charity WRAP, who conducted a Food Waste Trends survey in 2021, as a nation we still recognise the benefits of reducing food waste and are keen to maintain our new ways of thinking in recent years. The challenge however, is that as life returns to normal the reality of time pressures and takeaways is back in line with the food waste levels we saw back in 2018. “Self-reported food waste dropped substantially in the first lockdown (by 43%) and remained well below pre-pandemic levels across 2020. However, the last estimate (19.7%) demonstrates that food waste is now back in line with 2018.” Items that are consistently wasted include bread, chicken, milk and potatoes.

To help combat food waste and save time and money, we can batch cook, use up leftovers, freeze meals and invest in high quality refrigeration that keeps food fresh for longer. Rangemaster has everything you need to keep all your ingredients chilled this summer and beyond with its collection of DXD and SXS Deluxe fridge freezers. Take the frost-free DXD design. Available in Black, Dark Inox, Ivory or Stainless Steel, it suits both classic and contemporary kitchens and offers stacks of space for fresh and frozen items. This French-door model comes with all the cooling and freezing features you need for family dining and entertaining.



Even-Circ and Rangefresh will help keep meat, fish and dairy fresh for longer while Ionizer technology eliminates odours. There’s also a Quick Drink, Eco Running, Super Cool, Super Freeze and Holiday mode, ensuring all your food and drink stays as fresh and cool as possible – for longer.


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The SXS Deluxe meanwhile is a four-door design that comes with Vseal, a vacuum seal feature for food storage or sous vide cooking. It also has a COOLPAC removable chiller caddy for drinks, an Odour Seal Box for ingredients with a strong odour such as stinky cheese and an additional zone control in both freezer zones, allowing each to be controlled independently. There’s also even-Circ to prevent food from drying out, energy efficient LED lighting and full width glass shelves.



Now we’ve got your refrigeration sorted, how about planning the perfect picnic? Here’s our pick of the best baskets, blankets and serving boards for summer dining…

This 4 Person Folding Picnic Basket from Von Haus features a double lid for easy access. It’s made from sturdy wicker and is finished with a Dalmatian print on a cotton interior lining. It also comes with four sets of cutlery, plates, wine glasses, a salt and pepper shaker and bottle opener so there’s everything you need for an afternoon in the park or at the beach. It even has an insulated compartment to keep sandwiches fresh

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We love Sophie Allport’s designs so we couldn’t resist including her Strawberries Knitted Picnic Blanket, which is practical and stylish featuring strawberry silhouettes on a blush pink ground colour. It comes with faux leather straps for easy carrying and has a water-resistant backing for damp grass or sand




Serve up all your picnic treats on the ProCook Rectangle Acacia Serving Board Set. It has two pieces – small and large – and is perfect for serving bread, cheese, charcuterie, tomatoes, grapes and quiche


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Splash out on this Willow Picnic Hamper from Truffle Tablescapes and you’ll have everything you need and more, as it comes with gorgeous gingham napkins paired with velvet bows, a mint green Turkish hammam throw, a pretty lantern and citrus citronella tealight as well as cutlery, plates and wine glasses for four, a bottle opener, salt and pepper pots, cooler bag and bottle stop



The Tartan Blanket Co has the perfect Recycled Wool Picnic Blanket in Stewart Muted Blue Tartan. Made from 70% recycled wool and 30% recycled fibres rescued from landfill, it’s finished with a durable waterproof backing and is machine washable