And money! Around a third of the food we buy is thrown away. It’s like buying three bags of groceries and then throwing one in the bin when you leave.
That’s around $3,000 worth of food per year per household!
Fortunately, there are lots of easy ways you can reduce your food waste – it’s mostly about rethinking how you shop and cook.
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1. Plan your meals
The first step is to determine who you’re feeding and how many meals you need to make for the week. Then you’re going to research recipes, plan your favourites and write a list of meals – Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks.
Next, check your fridge, freezer, and cupboards to see what foods need to be eaten soon and what you already have on hand for the meals you have planned.
Now write your grocery list, and this is the most crucial part, stick to the grocery list! This will stop you from buying items you won’t use. Be wary of sales; remember it’s not a bargain if you don’t eat it.
If you have a household with kids or housemates whose weekly plans may change and they might skip dinner, plan meals that can be eaten the next day for lunch or frozen for later.
2. Store your food correctly
Storing your fresh produce correctly gives it the best chance for survival. Wash and prep your food as soon as you get home from the grocery store.
- Leafy greens can be kept in airtight containers with a tea towel or a paper towel to soak up the moisture.
- Carrots submerged in water will keep up to two weeks
- Keep broccoli, spring onions, and fresh herbs in jars or a glass of water – basil on the kitchen bench
- You can also store foods in airtight containers or produce bags
The goal here is to make sure the food stays fresh and lasts longer, so it gets eaten. I have lots of food prep and storage videos on Instagram if you need more inspiration.