Every year, millions of tons of food waste are disposed of, and almost 95% of that ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. However, we can all work together and help make this problem a bit more manageable. Even when serious planning and waste management policies are required by authorities and corporations, there’s much we can do at home to reduce the amount of food that ends up being wasted every year. This way, we are not only helping businesses and entrepreneurs, but we are also helping ourselves and the generations that follow.
One of the most effective ways of reducing our food waste at home is by planning our trips when buying groceries. It is common to end up buying more food than we actually need. Therefore, we could keep a list of all our meals and the ingredients they require in order to make the shopping process easier and faster. By doing this, we can save both time and money, as we will not buy more than necessary, and our trips will be shorter.
Another great way of reducing food waste at home is by making sure we are properly storing everything we buy. Whenever we go shopping for groceries, it is common to end up overbuying fruit and vegetables, or simply forgetting about them. In order to make sure we are getting maximum freshness, we should try freezing, preserving, or canning surplus fruits and vegetables. If we like to eat our fruit at room temperature, we can store them in the fridge and in the morning take out what we will have during the day.
Preparing perishable foods right after shopping can be an excellent way of extending their life cycle. This way, we will be saving time, effort, and money. Take the time to wash, dry, chop, slice, and store your food items in storage containers and have them ready for snacking or cooking. As a result, we will keep the ingredients of our meals fresh and ready to use them right when we need them. If we want to go all the way, we can even separate our daily consumption into different containers and portions. This way we will have a clear idea of how much food is enough for a week or two, and help us plan our next trip to the grocery store.