We know the importance of not wasting food, but how many of us actually make the effort to save or recycle food?
Check out this infographic on food wastage by the World Wide Foundation and some of our tips on what we can do to reduce food waste at home effortlessly.
There are many other things you can do to help reduce food wastage. Below are just some more of our ideas:
Don’t shop hungry.
We are more likely to buy more food than needed on an empty stomach.
Don’t throw food away.
Fruit that is just about to go soft can be made into delicious juice, smoothies, or fruit pies. Vegetables that are just starting to wilt is great for making soup.
Re-use pulp from your juicer.
Pulp can be re-used as compost or even made into a new recipe. Make hearty soups (just add stock and seasoning, and blend them together), or bake pulp in muffins and cakes. They can also be used to make frozen treats or be reintroduced into your pet’s food (for example for rabbits and birds).
Rotate the food in your pantry or fridge.
Each time you buy new food from the store, put them at the back and put older items in your pantry and fridge to the front so that you use them first.
Serve smaller amounts instead of more.
Anyone who wants more can easily get second helpings. Keep unserved leftovers in the fridge.
Don’t buy pre-packed.
Buy loose fruits and vegetables, and select your meats and cheese from the deli instead of buying prepacked ones. That way, you can buy just enough for the recipe and not risk wasting any ingredients.
Freeze food if you have bought them in bulk or if you are certain that you won’t end up finishing them before the due date (for example, bread, chicken). You can always take portions of it out to thaw an hour or two before you plan to eat or cook it.
At the same time, consider ways to save water and reduce waste in general as well. For example, using reusable shopping bags, cloth napkins instead of using paper napkins, and bringing your own water bottles out can help reduce waste significantly.
Remember that the tiniest things can have a huge impact on the environment.
Have any tips of your own on reducing food wastage? Share it with us below!