Food waste is a massive problem in Ireland, so in response to this, we’ve decided to create a series where we try to raise awareness about this issue.
We’ll also be talking about our own personal responsibility to try to reduce food waste at home, and offering you some help and ideas for how you can minimise the food waste in your life.
Throughout this series, we've talked about how to how to know if food is safe to eat, how to meal plan, shopping lists and more. Today, we are looking at storage solutions that are sure to help you reduce your food waste.
First things first, you need to read our ultimate guide to food storage. Need to know what to do with leftover herbs? Worried you won't get through a whole loaf of bread before it goes stale? This guide will tell you exactly what to do.
Now that you've covered the basics, let's look at storage solutions. We know that you probably have a mish-mash of lunchboxes and containers in your presses at home, but how often do you actually use them? And are they any good?
If you find that your containers have cracks or holes in them, it's probably to bin them as anything you store in these containers will likely go off quicker than you'd like. You also run the risk of your containers leaking, creating a whole mess that you'll then have to waste time cleaning!
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Reusable containers like glass containers, tin lunchboxes and Tupperware are key to reducing food waste. As a nation, we throw out around one million tonnes of food every year, a lot of which hasn't even reached its expiration date. On an economic level, this works out as Irish people wasting around €700 million every year.
To ensure that you don't contribute to our society's massive food waste problem, there are a few things you can do and storage is a great first step. Invest in a set of durable reusable containers so that everything you cook can be kept fresh and safe. It's especially important to ensure that the containers have tight-fitting lids, as this helps to preserve your food further.
Resealable storage bags are also excellent at helping prolong the shelf-life of food, as well as reducing cross-contamination in fridges and freezers. These bags are particularly helpful for storing liquids or softer foods, such as excess soup or stock, and also help to save space in refrigerators and freezers.