Reducing Food WastePosted by: Scott Ko
Every year Australian households throw out $8 billion worth of food; this doesn’t even include the amount that is thrown out by restaurants. With homeless populations on the rise and declining resources, this is an unacceptable amount of waste. So what can you do, to minimise food waste in your household? Here are some tips:
This is such a simple one that households make a mistake on. Planning is very important in minimizing waste, and it also saves you a lot of money. Look carefully over your fridge and pantry before you shop, think about what you need to eat before shopping, make a list and stick to it. Use recipes that use the same ingredient multiple times and plan your weekly meals around the ingredients you have. Use apps like MealDish that help you plan your weekly meals, that incorporate the same ingredient multiple times. Is it really worth buying that gigantic pumpkin for one recipe? Have a stop and think about what you don’t need to buy.
Educate yourself about how particular foods can be stored to increase their shelf life. Your freezer is a god-send in these situations. Lots of fruits and veggies are good to freeze, in fact, they may be healthier this way, because you freeze them when they are at the top of their nutritional value. Don’t be afraid of buying frozen berries and peas at the shopping centre. They are healthy and practical.
Click here for a list of things you can freeze.
Love your leftovers
Most households throw food away because they’ve cooked too much. Use your leftovers in a smart way. If you have leftover roast chicken, look up recipes for chicken, you can make a great wrap for lunch or shred them up to re-use in a fresh salad.
Recycle your waste
Invest in a food compost. You can turn food scraps into a compost for your garden to reduce waste. Composting reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.
Support Organic & Sustainable Farms
Certified organic food producers work to restore their lands, water sources and are pioneers in the use of environmentally friendly fertilisers and pesticides.