Every year, approximately 88 million tons of food was wasted, but we can all help reduce waste by improving the way we shop, prepare, and schedule our meals.
1. Purchase Just What You Require.
It’s just a good deal if we can use the food until it expires! ‘Buy one, get one free, and other bulk sales inspire us to buy more than we require, resulting in waste being moved from the supermarket to our homes.
Simple ‘grandma’s tricks will help us keep focused when grocery shopping.
• Make a week’s worth of meal plans.
• Make a shopping list with the quantities you’ll need.
• Take into account the possibility of going out to eat.
2. Know The Difference Between ‘use By’ And ‘best Before Dates.
The use-by date on packaged food tells us how long the product is healthy to consume. To avoid wasting food, these should only be bought when and in the quantities needed. It’s not a good idea to stock up.
Use-by dates are more rigid than ‘best before dates. Foods like dried beans, lentils, and pasta can be safely eaten after this date, but their consistency may have deteriorated. To detect the quality of foods with these labels, we can depend on our senses.
3. Make The Most Of What You Have
It’s not that difficult to stop wasting!
• Periodically check what’s in the fridge and cupboards, and use up items that are about to expire.
• As fresh groceries arrive, rotate grocery stores so that those with closer expiration dates are closer and more apparent.
• Toss any leftover vegetables into pasta, soup, omelet, or stir fry to ‘clean out the fridge.’ We get to try a new recipe while avoiding wasting good food.
4. Don’t Serve Too Much Food
Here are a few easy things you can do to help:
• Rather than scraping leftover food off our plates into the trash, serve small amounts and return for seconds.
• Carry leftovers to work the next day for lunch.
• Freeze until a later date. Frozen leftovers can be used within three months for the best performance.
5. Be Familiar With Your Molds
Whether we can still ‘rescue’ the food if mold occurs is dependent on what kind of mold it is. The following general guidelines will assist us in determining what to do.
When the moldy part and the surrounding area have been removed, hard foods should be healthy to eat. When soft foods begin to mold, they should be discarded. Cooked leftovers, soft cheeses, yogurts, and other dairy products, bread, jams, and soft fruits and vegetables are all examples.
6. Give Away Any Leftover Food To Others.
If the food is still healthy, our social nature will contribute to the solution.
• Ask around; friends or coworkers may be able to use something we won’t.
• Find out if any local food banks will receive donations and distribute them to those in need.
• Invite your neighbors over for a meal; it’s a great way to meet new people.
7. Whenever Possible, Repurpose Waste
What can’t be rescued isn’t worth saving. Composting is a natural process in which microorganisms decompose food waste into a dark, earthy, nutrient-rich material that promotes soil health.
Composting in the community and separate food waste containers are positive steps.Instead, we should feed our greenhouse! While compost is a cost-effective organic alternative to purchased fertilizer, it’s better to stick to plant-based foods.