Strategies to Avoid Food Waste at Home
If you want to reduce the amount of food that goes to waste, you will have to rethink your shopping, cooking, and eating approach.
There are many different articles on the internet about combating food waste at home. Time to gather some smart tips in one place.
The following list roughly explains what a family should do daily. Avoiding food waste requires a change of mind, a willingness to use what you have, even if you don't feel like eating it and prefer to order takeout.
It's easier if you equip yourself with the right tools and hone some basic cooking skills.
Do these things and you can make a real reduction in your food waste footprint, as well as have a lot less smelly kitchen trash.
1. Make Broth
The broth can be made with bones and/or vegetables of all kinds. You can use raw and cooked bones. Prolonged boiling will treat germs left behind by people's food.
The same applies to washed carrot skins, celery and fennel leaves, mushroom stems, parsley, zucchini tops, broccoli stems, onion peels, and more. All of this makes for a large stock.
Now, you don't always want to stock up, which is why you should store it in the freezer in large reusable plastic containers, pots, bowls, or bags until ready.
2. Put your freezer to work
We mentioned the freezer above, and it's really a great way to get ahead of food waste. Develop a good system for freezing food and clearly label it with the name and date.
Use old yogurt containers, wide-mouth glass jars, and Ziploc bags that are reused for months. If you have doubts about whether something will be eaten in time or not, put it in the freezer! Did you know that you can even freeze rice, milk, butter, and eggs?
3. Know the main recipes
Certain recipes are effective at reducing food waste because they are like toppings that can absorb surplus or expired ingredients without making them less delicious.
Some people recommend learning how to make a great minestrone, a spicy vegetable chili, and a good pasta and vegetable stew to use the ingredients quickly and deliciously whenever you need them.
Have basic long-lasting ingredients on hand that will allow you to prepare these dishes anytime, such as canned tomatoes, small noodles, fried sauce (or seasonings to make them), chili powder, canned beans, and more.
You should also learn soup, pilaf, and risotto recipes as a way to use up all the extra broth that you now have in the freezer.
4. Commit to eating the leftovers
Eating leftovers isn't always fun, but it does need to be done if you're really going to cut down on food waste. Designate certain meals as "remaining" meals.
Instead of making sandwiches, eat what's left of last night's dinner. This is easier if you have a selection of small, insulated thermos to keep food warm; They can be expensive when you buy new, but you can find them in thrift stores for only a few dollars.
5. Strive to improve food disposal methods
People often feel limited by where they live. Apartment dwellers may not have a backyard composter, not all cities have curbside compost pickup, but you can do your best to divert food scraps from the regular trash can, where you go to landfills, and it contributes to methane emissions, not to mention a horrendous stench.
If possible, install a backyard composter and consider purchasing a solar composter as well, one that accepts leftover meat and dairy.
Consider placing a box of red wiggler worms on your back porch or deck to consume food scraps. Store leftover fruits and vegetables in a freezer or unheated garage in a grass trimmer bag and transport them to a municipal compost yard.
6. Plan your meals
Perhaps the most effective weapon in the fight against food waste is planning your meals. Never go to the grocery store without checking the refrigerator to see what's in there first, then come up with menu ideas based on those ingredients.
Think of grocery shopping as a build on what you already have, even if it's just inspired by seasonings.
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