Learn how to reduce food waste. Before the stuff that is stored in the ref becomes something that looks like it should be eaten in Fear Factor, before that leftover chicken gets thrown in the garbage, before the food that you buy gets wasted, there are a few things that you can do to drastically lessen the amount of uneaten food that is thrown out.
According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the amount of food waste generated in the US yearly is estimated to be more than 30 million tons. Can you imagine how big a heap of food that is? It might not just be a hill, it could be a mountain of spoiled and rotten food!
With so many people going hungry, and some of us having to tighten our belts, too – the way to do our part is to waste not and want not. Here are a few things that you can do to reduce food waste:
Give it away. Ordered or cooked too much. Pack it up and share it with others before it spoils or rots. Give it to the homeless, just don’t stock it up. If no one will eat it, then it will just end up in the trash.
Plan your meals. Have an idea of what you are going to be serving and by the items accordingly. For example, one whole chicken might be too much for two people so you can create 2 to 3 dishes with it. Get just enough until the next trip.
Shop wisely. The food on sale might be more than what will be consumed in your home in the next few months. Impulse buying for items you don’t really need is akin to throwing it away after it has been left on the shelf, ref, or freezer for a few months. Ask yourself the question, will this be consumed and do I really need that much. Rather than dump it in the garbage, let those food stuff stay on the grocery shelf.
Use leftovers. Get creative and make new dishes from leftover food. For example, leftover roasted chicken can be made into sandwich filling, added to fried rice, and added to salads. Make compost for the food scraps like peels and vegetable parts.
Store food properly. Keep the uncooked meat, poultry, and seafood in the freezer until it’s time to defrost. Prepared food and leftovers can be kept in special storage containers that retard it’s deterioration. Cover food items to prevent it from attracting flies and other insects.
How much food is thrown away in your household? Reducing food waste is a way to save money.
If each person takes the time and effort to lessen food waste, then the millions of tons of that end up in the garbage can be drastically cut down. Start using these tips in reducing food waste as it is a good thing to do.