We all know that feeling when food is expired and you have to throw it away, heartbreaking, right? The fresh spinach you meant to use in your smoothie or the watermelon you planned on taking with you to the office. You are not alone. In the United States alone, 72 billion pounds of food gets wasted per year. That’s why we would like to share 10 tips on how to reduce food waste. Ready?
1. Meal Planning:
Before you are going to the grocery store or farmer’s market, try to plan your meals so that you will only buy what you really need and thus will use.
2. Store Food Properly:
Storing food the right way will make sure that your food will stay fresh for longer. Some fruits and veggies are better to seal tightly while others need a breathable container. Most fruit and veggies can be stored in the refrigerator but, for example, bananas and tomatoes prefer to be in a cool and dry place. Some produce is better to wash and prep before you put it in the fridge. Thus try to do your research.
3. Prepare Meals & Freeze Them:
Prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them. It is not only convenient for you, because you only need to heat your meal up once you get home from work, but it is also better for our beautiful planet since you don’t waste food.
4. Eat The Skin:
Did you know that the outer layers of potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and mangos are incredibly nutritious? Eating peels is not only healthy for you but it will also help you reduce food waste.
5. Store Leftovers:
When you have leftovers, store them in a food container or reusable storage bag like AVOCADA. Place them on the front in your refrigerator shelf so that you remember to eat it.
6. Avoid Clutter In Your Kitchen:
Try to keep your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry organized so you know what will expire soon. You can consider applying the FIFO method, First In First Out. When you buy new berries, place the newer carton behind the old carton.
7. Repurpose Food:
Do you have fruit that has gotten too soft to eat? Use it for your smoothie! Or veggies that have lost their crispiness? You can use them for purees or a vegetable broth.
8. Keep Track Of What You Throw Away:
Managing food waste is a learning process. By keeping track of what you throw away, it will give you a better understanding of what you need and use.
9. Give Food To Others:
Are you not able to finish certain fruits or veggies before they expire? Give it to your friends, family, or a neighbor. You not only make others happy with your generosity, but it will also prevent food waste. Win-win!
10. Compost If You Can:
Composting is the way to leave food, inside plastic bags, out of the landfills. You can use your garden or sign up for a city composting program in your area.