More food than you could possibly imagine ends up as waste in household kitchens each year. Becoming more aware of what you chuck out and implementing a few simple actions will help you to significantly cut down on your food waste and save you money at the same time. Bokashi Bran® is an expert on reducing food waste.
7 Tips on How You Can Reduce Your Food Waste
Here are 7 tips that will help you reduce the amount of food wasted on a monthly basis. For more tips on how to reduce food waste, check out our blog.
Tip #1: BUY LESS
Fresh foods don’t last too long, even when stored properly in a fridge or vegetable cupboard and often, far too many spoiled fresh fruits and vegetables end up in the bin. Putting together a meal plan for the week, before you shop, is a great way to cut down on food waste, making sure you only buy what you need rather than buying excess ‘for just in case’.
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Tip #2: BUY SEASONAL AND LOCAL
The further food travels, the greater the carbon footprint, the higher the cost of the food and the more likelihood of greater food wastage along the way. Buying food in season and locally is also a great way to support local manufacturers and farmers.
Tip #3: MAKE A LIST
Research has shown that men are less likely to stick to the plan than women when shopping. Whether it’s you or your man doing the groceries, having a shopping list and sticking to it, will help you to stop buying more than necessary.
As well as using a shopping list to keep you on the straight and narrow, always make sure to have something to eat before you leave home because it’s a well-known fact that people who shop when they are feeling hungry tend to deviate from the assigned task.
Tip #4: CONTROLLED CATERING
Over-catering when hosting an event or having a get-together with family and friends is something many of us battle with as we tend to prepare more than our guests could realistically eat in fear of being judged for possibly sending them home starving. Practice shopping more conservatively and buy less than you think you might need for these events to help cut down on food waste after the fact.
Tip #5: FOOD STORAGE
Storing food properly will cut down on food waste. Instead of refrigerating leftover takeaways in the container they came in, transfer them to a sealed Tupperware so that they will still be delicious the next day.
Make sure to store any leftovers in appropriate containers and place them in an area of the fridge that makes them easier to spot so they are most likely to be consumed quickly, rather than becoming forgotten penicillin experiments at the back of the fridge.