Tips for Reducing Food Waste
It’s estimated that 40% of all food produced in the world is wasted. That equates to $1 trillion worth of food every year. So the reality is that we waste tons of money and resources for our food production. But there are a lot of ways you can reduce your own personal contribution and have a healthy diet, which is great for wellness and happiness, so following these tips and do you bit to reduce your food waste!
Plan Your Meals
It’s always a good idea to have an agenda when shopping. Still, it can be essential if you know what recipes will make up for your weekly dinners. We’ll all save time and money in our kitchens by checking the grocery store flyers and having everything on hand before heading out of the door. You’ll also be less likely to throw things out that you bought on a whim and didn’t end up using before the due date.
A freezer is a great way to save all the healthy stuff you get from farmers’ markets or your friend’s garden. You can use it for meal prep, stews, and even making soup at home!
Cook the Right Serving Amounts
If you’re cooking for two, consider cutting the recipe in half to avoid wasting your time with leftovers. Alternatively, plan ahead and save some of those homemade TV dinners!
Buy the Weird Veggies
You’re in luck because sometimes, supermarkets discard produce. So do yourself a favour and give your grocer the once over to see when they sell strange-shaped or ugly fruits and vegetables- you may be able to save some cash while helping reduce food waste!
Use the Old First
As you put food away, make sure to use the old items before using the new ones. For shelf-stable foods like mayonnaise that are not refrigerated until opening them, keep out of the fridge and consume within a week, so they don’t spoil!
Have a Leftover Day
The idea of a leftovers night is genius. There are so many tasty dishes you can enjoy even with what’s leftover from the week before. Cooking all those delicious meals at once will give you more time to spend on other things!
Conduct Inventory Regularly
You’ll save money and time by making a list of your favourite dishes, noting what ingredients are needed for each dish. Next, go through the refrigerator or pantry, so you don’t miss anything!
Before shopping today, it might be good to take inventory of all that’s in your fridge/pantry. That way, if something is missing from this week’s meal plan, then you can quickly grab them while grocery shopping instead of forgetting about it at home!
Use Scraps Wisely
A good way to reduce your waste is by composting food scraps, like making broth with your leftover vegetable scraps or using it as fertilizer.
Learn Proper Storage Techniques
There is a right way and a wrong place to store each item that you purchase. Get the most use of what you buy by being informed about how your items should be stored correctly from day one, so they don’t get ruined before their time!
Preserve Your Own
You might think that cabbage is only for salads. But have you tried making it into sauerkraut? It is a great way to preserve and make the most of vegetables before they expire! You can preserve, can, or pickle lots of different foods to extend their shelf life and make new and interesting dishes with them.
Eat Expired Food
It’s not uncommon for fresh food to be good well past the date it was made. Many people don’t know this, but most expiration dates are more about when stores need to sell by than any sort of safety warning.
Many foods indeed have an “expiration” or a “sell-by” date on their packaging and cans. However, these labels refer specifically to retailers who must remove them from shelves if they remain unsold after some prearranged amount of time has passed. What few realize is that just because something expires doesn’t mean you should throw out your groceries! For example, most canned goods will keep safely in storage at cool temperatures until as long as 7 days after their original sale day.
Managing food waste
With a little planning and thought, you can eliminate most food waste. However, if somehow you end up with extras due to too many sales or something else, then just donate it!