So much food gets wasted all of the time. Around 30% of food produced gets wasted, which is a massive waste of money. Especially as there are so many ways that you will be able to do your part and not bin unnecessary food, but following the few simple tips listed below:
It is easy to fall into the trap of buying too much. Although it may seem more convenient at the time, in the majority of cases it actually results in wastage due to food going off. By making more frequent visits to the shop you can ensure you are only buying what you need. In addition to this, make a list and stick to it. This will stop those impulse items from being added to your basket and food from being wasted.
Your Freezer Is Your Friend
Your freezer can help you reduce unnecessary food waste in two ways. if you buy frozen you have the luxury of being able to use and cook what you need and want to keep the rest for a future occasion. This works extremely well for items such as frozen asian food, vegetables, spinach and garlic, and ginger. Secondly, you can use your fresh ingredients and batch cook and freeze your leftovers for a future meal. This not only saves on waste but will help you save on time on those future busy days.
Plan Your Meals
Shopping with no plan is a recipe for disaster. You’ll end up buying off bits here and there, stocking up on snacks but ultimately walking out without actually having full meals. By planning your meals and which family favorite recipes you will be using you can ensure that you are only buying what will be needed and the exact quantities required.
Take A Packed Lunch
As nice as it is to eat out and grab a quick bite with work colleagues it can become costly, potentially unhealthy, and add to unnecessary food waste. By making the decision to take a packed lunch you will be able to utilize leftovers but packing them up and having them for lunch the next day. This saves on waste but ensures you a hearty and filling lunch that will keep you energized and productive throughout the day.
There may still be occasions where you end up having fruits or vegetables that are no longer at their peak freshness, or you have stems of items that are not needed. In these situations consider your options. This does not require them to be binned.
Blitzing up and making a smoothie is a great way to save on food waste and get those added nutrients into your diet. You could also make your own soups with any vegetables that may otherwise be discarded. By doing this you’ve got those future packed lunches ready as well as being able to freeze and store these for future meals. It’s the same with using these to make your own food stock.Hi I'm glad your here! I love to cook, bake and try new recipes. I enjoy food photography and reviewing products. Hope you enjoy my recipes, thanks for visiting! Sheila