How to minimise food waste

Food waste happens as we speak, worldwide. In a year, the average person disposes of 218.9 pounds (99.29 kg). Yet, other millions of people around the world live without sufficient access to safe or nutritious food.

It’s critical we started acting against food waste and step toward a more sustainable food discipline. Start helping businesses and consumers save money, reach out to communities who do not have enough to eat and donate unwanted, untouched food; conserve resources for future generations. Those should be our goals.

Baby steps, though. Let’s start by setting some personal, realistic solutions to the food waste problem.

  1. Compulsive buyer? Plan ahead what you are going to cook. And don’t you ever went food shopping feeling too hungry or too full. You’ll either buy too much, or way less than you needed. So an honest list which contains the actual demands of your fridge and pantry will be of great help. And a money-wise arrangement.
  2. You + The freezer = Love. After you have planned the meals for the week to come, batch cook as much as you can and freeze. Here is a great storage option. This affair will give you more time to binge watch some series, or to pamper.
  3. Try not to throw away vegetable scraps like tops, stalks, or peels. Same could apply to meat bones or chicken/turkey carcass or skin. These scraps will make a luscious homemade stock. More gratifying, and cheaper, than store bought. It last for about three to four days in the refrigerator.
  4. Preserve. Conserve. Sustain. People have been using food preserving techniques for thousand of years. As well as being easy, methods like pickling, fermenting, canning, drying or freezing, secure the food longer. Thus reducing food waste and saving you more money.
  5. Leftovers? Pack them for work lunch. For a more reassuring experience, prepare the lunch box the night before. You’ll be ready to go in the morning, anticipating a hearty lunch at work.
  6. It is impossible we didn’t throw any food. Be that an expired item, a spoiled fruit or veggie, inedible cooked dishes. Composting is a great way to reuse wasted food. Even though you lived in the city, the house plants or the aromatic herbs gardens could benefit form the energy food waste generate.

Leftovers have many faces. Waste me not tricks:

Coffee grounds are a great fertiliser for plants; and a natural mosquito repellent as well.
Citrus skin is great with polishing metal. Add some backing soda and prepare for the shine. Rubbing banana peels against plants’ leaves will give them a certain glow.

Add water to cucumber or apple peels and enjoy an infused, refreshing drink.

Egg yolks arrange for an ultra moisturising hair mask.
Avocados make a great antioxidant face mask.
Mix coffee grounds with your preferred body oil and offer yourself a full pamper session.

What about you? What do you do with your food waste/leftovers? Share with us and inspire others with your tips or tricks.

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