Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Food waste is a worldwide concern. More than one-third of all food produced globally is wasted or spoiled. But we can avoid it buy taking action in our day to day life.
The most important thing I learnt when I was doing my grocery shopping is making lists prevented me from going beyond the limits by buying only the necessities and what is needed.
When cooking, don’t over-serve food
It took me almost a year before getting the serving measurements right when I started living by myself as I was used to sharing dishes with the rest of my family. So, I tended to over-serve food and using smaller plates helped me with this habit.
Save and eat the leftovers
Just because you didn’t finish your plate it does not mean that you should throw it away. We all know that many dishes are even better the next day. As for me the leftover pizza or the delicious plate of lasagna always seem more appealing the next day than the night before.
So, save it for later when you don’t have the time or patience to cook.
Store food in the right places
Many of the wasted food are spoiled because they weren’t stored properly and for that not to happen avoid cluttering in the fridge and pantry and use the freezer if you won’t consume the produce quickly.
Treat expiration and sell-by dates as guidelines
The only way I used all my groceries and prevented them from getting spoiled is by practicing FIFO. It stands for First in, First out. When unpacking groceries, move older products to the front of the storing area and put new products in the back.
Keep track of what you throw away
How many times did you buy that vegetable or fruit everyone was talking about even though you knew you wouldn’t eat it? Therefore, monitor what you throw away so you will know what produce you don’t really use, which you will avoid buying next time.
Donate to food banks and farms
If it’s not good for you, it doesn’t mean it’s not good for everyone. Donate your produce to someone who needs it before it expires. Also donate the gross stuff to farmers, they will use it to feed animals or compost it.
They are many other ways to reduce food waste, if each one of us started following at least one or two. We will be able to cut food waste drastically.
By Mayshad Team