Don’t you hate discarding food when it’s past its ‘best before’ date? Here are five tips for reducing the amount of food that goes into the trash.
- Store your food properly
Store food that will go stale (i.e. nuts, chips, cereal, crackers, raisins etc.) in airtight containers using KORKEN jar or IKEA 365+ dry food jar to keep them fresh for longer. Remove the packaging from fruits and vegetables and place them into paper bags or non-airtight containers. To keep herbs fresh, put them in a glass of water.
- Organize your fridge
Keep things neat and visible. When we can’t see them, we forget what’s in the fridge. Use transparent canning jars and food storage containers like FORTROLIG food containers, and stack them so everyone can see them. Remember to move the older produce to the front, so we can consume those items first.
- Be creative with your recipes
Make ‘end of peak’ produce into something awesome! Banana bread, smoothies, jams or mixed fruit punch. For the adventurous foodie, try pickling or canning using a KORKEN jar.
- Shop smart
Plan meals before going to the grocery store. Bring your list and stick to the list. That will avoid impulse buys.
- Eat leftovers
Instead of cooking a new meal everyday, it saves time, water and energy to cook bigger portions and brown bag the leftovers with IKEA 365+ food container for lunch.
I have put these 5 tips in place and use them almost everyday for a couple of weeks now. The results have been quite rewarding. Not only have I reduced the amount of waste going into the garbage, I have saved money from not buying lunch every day. It is very interesting to see myself being more cautious on what I purchase and think more creatively on how to use every bit of ingredient. Living more sustainably is a mindset. Once I have the concept in my mind, doing them everyday is easy!
* Above tips on reducing food waste were inspired by STABIL – Our Food – Naturally! book.