Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste
Food waste is one of the largest contributing factors to greenhouse gas emissions, plus it wastes water and the resources it takes to grow the food. Changes in the way we eat and shop, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, have further contributed to this problem. If you want to do your part to reduce food waste you can easily start by making several trips to the food store a week to purchase only what you need. Molly’s Table Catering provides 10 easy ways you can reduce food waste in your home, starting today!
10 Quick Tips to Reduce Food Waste at Home
Store Food Correctly: A large contributing factor to food waste happens when food spoils before you have the chance to eat it. Learn the best ways to store fruits, vegetables and pantry food to ensure the longest shelf life possible. Further, properly freezing leftovers is a great way to store delicious meals for a future lunch or dinner.
Shop with a List: Plan your meals for the week and write a shopping list according to exactly what you need. Make sure you check your kitchen so you don’t double up on ingredients.
Keep Pantry & Fridge Organized: Even if your fridge and pantry are well-stocked, they should always be organized with everything in a place that is clearly visible. This ensures that when you go through your shopping list you do not buy food you already have at home.
Get Creative when Cooking: If you have a few items in your refrigerator or pantry that are about to expire look up some creative ways you can use them in a not so traditional recipe.
Practice FIFO: FIFO stands for “first in, first out” which is a great practice to start incorporating into your weekly shopping routine. When unpacking bring the oldest items to the front of your fridge or pantry and put the newest ones into the back.
Make Homemade Broth: Vegetable scraps, stalks and peels can easily be throw into a simmering pot of water (with added flavors & seasonings) to make your own broth for soups!
Donate: There is a good chance any non-perishable items that have been sitting in your pantry for 3+ months are not going to get eaten. Donate canned goods, boxes of pasta, etc. to a local food bank.
Be Realistic: The best way to reduce food waste is to be realistic about the amount of food you will actually consume before it goes bad. While it may last several months, you don’t realistically need 6 boxes of pasta in the pantry. Although you love oranges, you don’t have to purchase 2 dozen today – even if they are on sale.
Monitor Waste: Take notes on the items you find yourself throwing out the most. This will help you make smarter shopping choices moving forward.
Order Weeknight Meal Delivery: Ordering from a weeknight meal delivery service can vastly reduce food waste in your home. You pick your portions (2 – 4 people, 4 – 6, etc.) and they deliver the exact amount of food you’ll need for 4 weeknight meals! Best of all, you can bring the leftovers for lunches or freeze them for a quick weekend snack! Learn more benefits of fresh food delivery service.