Most of us don’t realize the amount of food that we waste every day. From fruits that don’t taste as good as they look, to left overs that stay in the fridge for a week before they find their way into the garbage bin, thousands of tonnes of food is wasted each year after it reaches our homes. Besides putting a strain on natural resources, this waste adds to the pollution that plagues our cities. So, how to stop wastage of food?
It is actually quite simple and very doable. Here are some tricks to get you started;
- Cut down on impulse shopping: Our grocery stores today are meant for browsing, with beautifully packaged items just calling out to be bought. Sadly, they are also one of the primary causes of food wastage. Whether you want to or not, you end up buying things you don’t really need. Things that clog your shelves for months, finally making their way to the garbage bin. You may not be able to escape it entirely, but you can reduce the impulse buys or making the process more structured. Before you head to the market make a list of things you need and before you go shopping, check your kitchen and fridge to avoid buying food you already have.
- Rethink the amazing deal: Don’t stock up on huge amounts of perishable food just because it’s cheaper to buy in bulk. In fact, buying only what you need will probably turn out to be cheaper in the long run and also reduce the wastage of food.
- Measure what you make: Cooking meals in the right quantities can make a big difference to food waste management. Always use a measuring cup or spoon to measure your food portions. Cook only what you can eat.
- Leftover makeover: Using leftovers to cook tasty meals is a great way to use them instead of throwing them away. What if you could make paranthas from leftover dal, or grill sandwiches from mix veg? Breathe new life into leftovers from last night’s dinner with these quick and easy super delicious recipes by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
- Cook with the skin on: Keeping skins on vegetables and fruits isn’t just good for you (full of vitamins) but also helps avoid food wastage.
- Store food the right way: Some vegetables, especially salad leaves often go bad even before we get around to consuming them. Learn which vegetables and fruits stay fresh longer when stored in the fridge or kept in the open. Freeze them if required, or use storage bags or containers to extend the life of your food. Here are some tips to get you started.
- Compost your kitchen waste: Create your own waste compost at home with these 5 simple steps. Everything from food scraps to fruit peels can be composted to yield nutrient-rich manure that will help you make your garden more beautiful.
- Donate leftover food: It’s better to feed someone than allowing food to get wasted. The next time you organize a party, don’t throw away the uneaten food. Donate it to a charity in your area and gift a smile to those who do not get even a square meal a day. Here’s a list of charities that you can call the next time you have a party and have lots of food left over.
Do you have any other ideas on how to reduce waste? Share them with us!