It would come as a surprise that in the United States, 40% of the food on the plate ends up meeting the trash can. While we have a corner of the world riddled with starvation and malnutrition, we have those in the west who are mindlessly throwing food good enough to be eaten. It is estimated that a family of four ends up wasting $1500 worth of food on an annual basis.
If you want to save food and do your wallet a much-needed service, then all that you need to do is to follow these step:
Buy Only What Is Necessary
The first step when it comes to reducing your waste and become a food waste warrior is to reduce the amount of food that you stuff in your refrigerator. You need to buy plant-based foods based on what you are cooking for the week. You don’t need to turn your kitchen into a mini-supermarket for foods that will only end up in the trash.
You can designate a bin in your fridge based on foods that you need to consume before the expiry date arrives. Place these foods closer to the door of the fridge for you to spot them the next time you open it.
Expiry Dates Needn’t Be Given That Much Importance
The dates on the stickers are nothing more than estimates by the manufacturers about when a food will slip in quality rather than it being unsafe. The best thing to do is to stick to the sniff and taste test. If it tastes and smells good then chances are that it is. This is especially true for plant-based products that are devoid of emulsifiers and preservatives.
Your Freezer Is Your Friend
Many of the foods that have gone bad can be frozen and later used in smoothies, sauces, bread and soups. If a banana were to become overripe, then all you need to do is to cut it and freeze it- you can use these to make amazingly delicious banana smoothies. The same applies to other produce as well, like bell peppers, onions and celery.
Leftovers Aren’t All That Bad
You needn’t cook 3 times a day for 7 days a week. Most of the plant-based recipes that you cook up can be made in excess for it to suit your need for the next day as well/ you can re-flavor the dishes to make it taste different from last night. All that needs to change isn’t leftovers, but the way you see it to be.