Eliminating food waste is top of our priorities right now, but it can be difficult to break old habits. So, how do you go about reducing your food waste in five easy steps?
Try to incorporate these tips into your daily cooking life to reduce waste and save money on buying unnecessary food items.
- Stop shopping hungry
The easiest way to overbuy is shopping on an empty stomach - so just don’t do it. We recommend going to the supermarket with a plan, whether you’re shopping for two days or for the week, and think about what you’re going to be making over the next few days and how you can extend the use of ingredients.
- Use what you already have
We can all be guilty of having plenty of food in the house yet still buying more to make a particular meal. Why not designate one dinner each where you “shop” in your own cupboards and fridge to rustle something up?
Basics such as canned tomatoes, lentils, onions and garlic can be added to whatever vegetables are in the fridge for a quick and cheap meal.
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Did you know that each day Canadians waste enough food to feed half the country? That’s 873 pounds of food per person, every year, and yet thousands of Canadians still rely on foodbanks. Well, I will share that I was unaware of how much food we collectively waste in Canada, and that every minute Canadians waste enough food to feed a stadium. ~ In an effort to spread awareness of this issue I have partnered with @HellmannsCanada to promote their #RealFoodRescue program. Hellmann's has teamed up with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) to rescue leftover food from Scotiabank arena and give it to families in need. ~ And I will be sharing tips, over the course of the next few weeks, on how I work to reduce my food waste. My first tip is meal prep lunches - when I am in a rush to get the kids out the door for school I used to neglect packing myself a healthy lunch. Not planning ahead results in buying more food on the go and wasting potentially perfectly good food that is in my fridge. ~ Prepping meals in jars achieves a few things: leftovers are easily identified in the fridge and therefore, less likely forgotten, and when put together in an eye-catching way it ensures food is eaten. Because we all eat with our eyes first.🌽🍉🍐 What tips can you share? #hellmannspartner #wantnotwastenot #donttossiteatit
Keep stock of everything
Chefs are big fans of advising people to make stock from both meat and veggie scraps and keep it in the freezer to add flavour to soups and stews.
For a simple stock just throw in leftover scraps of chicken or beef (with no fat) into water, cut up some veg and simmer on low overnight. The liquid you’re left with is your own homemade stock.
- Feed your garden
On average over 70% of household waste is landfilled each year. Composting reduces the amount of rubbish you put out for collection and creates a free, nutritious fertiliser that will help make your garden more beautiful.
- Understand dates
“Use by” indicates a date by which the food is safe to be eaten, while “best before” means the food’s quality is best prior to that date, but it is still safe for consumption after it. Another date mark that you can find on food packages is the “Sell by” date, which is helpful for stock rotation by manufacturers and retailers.