At an estimate, 40% of all food produced in the world goes to is waste. That equates to $1 trillion worth of food every year. The reality is, we waste tons of money and resources when it comes to our food production- but there are a lot of ways you can reduce your contribution by following these tips!
Plan Your Meals
It’s always a good idea to have a plan when you’re shopping, but 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 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 that you can enjoy even just with what’s leftover from the week before, and 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 you need for each meal. 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
An excellent way to reduce your waste is by composting food scraps. If you do not have a backyard, there are still options for reducing the amount of trash that goes into landfills, like making broth with your leftover vegetable scraps or using it as fertilizer.
There are lots of options, such as turning them into compost and using them as fertilizer. A great start on leaving less garbage at home would be recycling an old pot or bucket so you could use this instead of throwing out aluminium foil, plastic wrap, paper towels, etc., when preparing meals.
Learn Proper Storage Techniques
There is a right way and a wrong place to store each item that you purchase. Get the most use out of what you buy by being informed about how you should keep food 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 create new and exciting dishes with them.
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 donate it!