Each year European countries and the United States throw away a quantity of food that could be used to solve worldwide hunger in just a matter of days. Food waste is usually at its peak point right after the winter holidays, when people realize they bought too much food for Christmas and New Year’s Eve and have to throw it in the garbage.
Unfortunately, no matter how many projects there were made for companies and households to go greener and avoid food waste, the truth is that we continue to live carelessly and do wrong by our planet. So how do you know you’re a food waster and, moreover, how do you become more responsible?
Here are some easy tips to start buying more consciously and avoid food waste as much as you can.
Start with a weekly diet plan
First of all, let’s assume you are going every week for buying groceries. Also, let’s assume you eat about two meals per day home or with ingredients you bought. The best way to reduce food waste is to have in mind a scrapped menu for the upcoming week.
Think about how often you are likely to cook that week and exactly what are the meals you are mainly interested in cooking. Then, buy only the ingredients you require for those special meals. If you’re looking for meat-based meals, we suggest buying a type of meat that can be used for making more than one dish that week. For instance, you can buy an entire chicken and use the wings for one night, the breast for other meal, and so on.
As for fresh fruits and veggies, buy enough to last you one week and no longer. Keep in mind that these foods are perishable, so you should only buy as much as you think you can eat. It is also important to store your fruits accordingly, so keep them in cool and dry places, away from direct sunlight or too much heat if you want them to last you longer.
Small mold or black spots doesn’t mean you have to throw away
Often enough people consider that a small mold spot or a black spot on a fresh fruit or veggie means the entire plant is rotten and should be thrown away. One way to reduce waste monthly is to simply take more care of your ingredients and not throw them away easily.
If you notice a small black spot on your vegetables or fruits you can just cut it off – it won’t affect the taste or the properties of the rest of your plant. Moreover, if your veggies have gone softer you can simply mash them and use them further in cooked meals. Your food will have even more taste if the vegetables are juicier and mellower.