5 Efficient & Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste
Did you know that 1 in every 8 American citizen struggles to get the bare minimum food? And that we still waste almost 40% of our produced food. The food you leave in restaurant’s plates or throw in your home dustbins goes into the landfills. There it generates methane. It is a greenhouse gas that is more dangerous than CO2, and eventually affects the environment. So the onus is on all of us to get this situation under control.
You can start small by adopting these 5 ways of efficient food waste management.
1. Make a Plan of Grocery Shopping
We all are guilty of buying something which spends few days in our fridge and then straight goes to the dustbin. It happens due to multiple reasons. You give in to the temptation of buying something due to a discount. Sometimes you don’t think much before buying.
Therefore you should always make a list of what you need before you go grocery shopping. And try to stick to your list only. Calculate how much perishable food you can consume in a week or month before buying it.
2. Cook Limited Portions Only
Portion control is a great way to maintain your weight and to reduce food waste as well. If you are not precisely aware of everyone’s appetite in your home, it’s time for that observation. Notice the portion amount everyone consumes for different kinds of food. And cook enough to feed yourself and your family. This way, your extra-cooked food won’t add up to the waste.
You will also consume less energy while preparing food in limited quantities. A small step like portion control can make your cooking and food consumption more sustainable.
3. Create Compost From Food
After all the methods of controlling food waste, there still can be food that remains unconsumed with you. You can convert that food into compost with the help of a food composter. It is a great way to use your unconsumed food to grow more fruits and vegetables. It will also prevent methane release.
You can use this compost in your own garden or donate it to collection centers in farmer’s markets. You can directly donate your food to a county council as well.
4. Store Food Wisely in the Freezer
Often you keep your food in the refrigerator to prevent it from getting spoiled. But the best way to prolong the life of food at your home is to freeze it. A freezer locks the nutrients and flavors of food for a much longer time than a refrigerator. You can freeze your favorite seasonal fruits, bread, milk, and grains.
In this way, you will preserve more food and throw less. You can check the USDA guidelines for which food can be held in the freezer for how much time.
5. Be Creative With Your Extra Food
If you are left with some soggy, overripe, and old veggies, you can think of creative recipes to reuse them. Search online about creative and delicious recipes for preparing food from old produce. You can make sauces and soup. Sautéing your extra veggies with onion and garlic will also give an excellent taste. So next time you spot something too less or too ripped to cook anything, be creative and make a yummy dish out of it.
Small steps can provide significant benefits for food consumption globally if everyone commits towards it. While following all these good practices for efficient food waste management, try to raise awareness amongst your friends and family. You can make a difference at your own level towards making this planet hunger-free and a better place for everyone.
Erich Lawson is passionate about saving the environment through effective recycling techniques and modern innovations. He works with Compactor Management Company and writes on a variety of topics related to recycling, including tips and advice on how balers, compactors and shredders can be used to reduce industrial waste. He loves helping businesses understand how to lower their monthly garbage bills and increase revenue from recycling.
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