Since one-third of world food is discarded, reducing food waste at home is a good way to save world resources and reduce your environmental footprint. Here are some simple tips that will help you reduce your food waste.
If you are someone that buys too much food and often throws expired food away, start off by making a list and shopping once weekly. Making a list will help you stay on track with what you really need and stop you from buying unnecessary items from the supermarket.
Store food correctly
Once you buy your fresh produce, store it correctly so that it lasts a lot longer. Vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, cucumbers,and onions should never be refrigerated, instead, keep it at room temperature. Foods that produce ethylene gas should be kept separately to reduce other vegetables and fruits ripening.
Learn to preserve
Fermenting vegetables and fruits is a great way to preserve food for the rest of the year. For example when fruits like strawberries are in season, look at buying in excess and make jam or freeze it for smoothies and baking.
Don’t be a perfectionist
If you always look for perfect fruits and vegetables at the supermarket, stop and look at if the fresh food your buying is usable for your cooking needs. For example, if you are making a red sauce and need tomatoes, your tomatoes don’t need to look their best as they will be smashed and cooked anyway.
Composting is a great way to reuse your old food scraps instead of throwing them away. It enriches soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests. It reduces the need for chemical fertilizers. Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material. Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint.