Reducing Food waste
My fridge cleanout Fridays started as a way to help me reduce food waste.
Because I used to have a terrible habit of ordering takeaway on Friday nights, doing the weekly grocery on Saturday morning, and then making meals using all the new food I’d bought, leaving the rest of the produce to die a slow death in depths of the crisper.
And I was ok with it because I have a compost bin, and I reasoned that it’s not so bad because I’m not sending any food to landfill. The wasted food is being composted, so no greenhouse gas emissions.
But waste is still waste, and the compost bin shouldn’t be treated like a fallback plan. Instead, the compost bin should be the last resort.
In Australia alone, we throw out about 2.5 million tonnes of food each year. And when we throw out that food, we’re also wasting the labour, water, energy, and resources it took to get the produce from the farm to our table.
And then there’s the money we’re wasting. Around a third of the food we buy, we throw away. It’s like buying three bags of groceries and then, on the way back to the car, chucking one of those bags in the bin, which equates to around $3,000 worth of food per household every year.
You have to agree that’s just ridiculous.
The Fridge Cleanout
So I decided to do better.
I’ve been doing fridge cleanouts for almost a year now, and this one simple habit has drastically reduced the amount of fresh food I was throwing away. It’d also been fun getting creative in the kitchen and learning new ways to cook up food that needed to be eaten.
Normally, I stand in front of the fridge each Friday and work out what to make using my trusty recipes. Or I would go to my saved Instagram and Tiktok meal ideas or Google what to make, sifting through dozens of recipes for inspiration, which can be a little time-consuming.
Which is why I thought, surely, AI could speed up this process.