5 Tips for Reducing Food Waste
By Brandi Goodman
Too much food goes uneaten in the world each day. Much of this waste is avoidable. With some tips to reduce food waste, we can make better use of leftovers and ensure food -- and money -- isn't being squandered.
Schedule a Weekly 'Leftover' Dinner
Leftovers are usually good in the fridge for four days or so. Schedule a weekly 'leftover' dinner where you can use up most of what's been sitting left over in your refrigerator. It will help you avoid throwing it all out. There's plenty of recipes that will help you concoct a delicious creation with what you have. If you tend to have lots of leftovers from meals, then schedule this twice per week.
Freeze Your Food
If you know you'll have tons of food left from your meal, then freeze it rather than refrigerate it. This way, you can use it as a meal later on down the line when you're ready to eat it again instead of forcing yourself to eat it within the few days of allotted time. Food can last in the freezer for several months as long as it's packaged well.
Garden With Your Food Scraps
Anything that still has not been consumed at the end of the allotted time-frame can still be used. Rather than eating it, you can use your food scraps in the garden. Compositing fruits and vegetables, in particular, can help add organic materials to the land that will help it grow. Everything will need to be chopped up and mixed with dead leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and water to make an efficient compost material.
Put Smaller Portions on Your Plate
Never load up your plate with a hefty amount of food. This is likely to lead to food waste as you realize you can't finish it all. Whether you're eating at home or at a buffet, make sure you only dish out small portions at a time. You can go back for a bit more later if you're still hungry. This also helps with overeating.
Bring Older Products to the Front
It can be easy to shove newly purchased foods to the front of your fridge or cupboard. Doing so will only push older foods to the back, almost ensuring they'll never get eaten. You should be bringing older products out and placing the new things behind them. This way, you're more likely to use up what you already have first before starting on the recently bought items.
Food goes to waste far too often. This wastes money and resources. Do what you can to reduce your food waste and use up everything you buy and make. It will keep your wallet fuller, after all, and be better for the world.
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