Hold On! Don’t Waste That Food
One of the sources of food waste is food that is not eaten at home and is thrown out. Here are ways to minimize it.
Planning and Purchasing Meals
Plan your meals and activities for the week based on the foods that need to be consumed. Use up the leftovers by preparing a second dinner. Prioritize using fresh food before using frozen or canned goods. Shop intelligently by first checking your cabinets, freezer, and refrigerator to see what you already have. Make a list before you go shopping. Only invest in what is required. Be careful not to be lured in by promotional materials for things you don’t need.
Keeping food fresh
Keep your refrigerator set to 5 degrees or less. Transparent containers are best for storing leftovers since they make it easier to see what you have. To promote using older products before they deteriorate, place new foods in the front of the refrigerator and older foods in the back. Avoid storing milk, cheese, and yogurt in the refrigerator door, which has the warmest temperature, to keep them cooler and fresher for longer. Fruits, dairy products, and vegetables that have been chopped may go bad more rapidly, so don’t chop food until you’re ready to use it. Bread is one of the things we waste the most, so freeze it. Why not freeze and toast it instead if you don’t think you’ll finish it all before it spoils?
Understanding the dates
The phrase “best before” defines the quality of a product; the meal will be at its finest before the given date. Beyond this date, it might not be at its finest, but it will still be safe to eat. Utilize your senses when making an assessment.
Food that has passed its “use by” date should not be consumed because it is no longer safe to do so.
When shopping, only purchase what you require. When cooking, prepare only what you need or consider how you’ll handle leftovers. Only serve yourself enough food for one meal and only enough to cover your appetite. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in a transparent container that is easy to see.
Use up leftover vegetables like carrots, broccoli, spinach, and tomatoes. It can be tossed into soups, curries, casseroles, and stir-fries. Utilize leftover roast dinner meat, such as chicken, turkey, hog, or beef. They make excellent sandwich fillers for the next day’s lunch. Utilize leftover fruit- avocados and bananas make excellent guacamole or banana bread. (IANS)