Reducing food waste is not only environmentally responsible but also economical.
Here are some tips on how to avoid wasting food:
Plan Your Meals:
Create a weekly meal plan before grocery shopping to buy only what you need.
Take stock of what you already have in your pantry, fridge, and freezer to avoid overbuying.
Make a Shopping List:
Write a detailed shopping list based on your meal plan to help you stay focused and avoid impulse purchases.
Buy in Bulk Wisely:
Purchase items in bulk when it makes sense, but be mindful of perishable goods that may go bad before you can use them.
Check Expiration Dates:
Regularly check the expiration dates on food items in your pantry and fridge to use them before they go bad.
Practice First-In, First-Out (FIFO):
When stocking your fridge and pantry, place older items in front so that you use them before newer purchases.
Serve appropriate portion sizes to avoid leftovers that might be forgotten or wasted.
Get creative with leftover ingredients to create new meals or snacks.
Store leftovers in clear containers with labels and dates to easily identify and use them.
Freeze excess portions of meals, fruits, vegetables, or bread to extend their shelf life.
Learn Preservation Techniques:
Explore food preservation methods like canning, pickling, and dehydrating to extend the life of certain foods.
Understand Food Labels:
“Best by,” “Use by,” and “Sell by” dates are not strict indicators of food safety. Use your senses (smell, taste, and appearance) to determine if food is still good.
Set up a compost system for fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and other organic waste to reduce landfill waste.
Donate or Share:
Consider donating excess non-perishable items to food banks or sharing extra food with neighbours or friends.
Store Food Properly:
Use airtight containers or resealable bags to store food to keep it fresh longer.
Keep your fridge at the right temperature (below 40°F or 4°C) to slow down food spoilage.
Organise Your Freezer:
Organise your freezer so that older items are used first, just like in your pantry.
Stay informed about food safety guidelines and practices to ensure you’re handling and storing food correctly.