Food waste is bad from so many aspects. It’s unethical, bad for the environment, and also a huge waste of money. All the industrialized countries throw out more than 670 million tons of food every year. Of course we cannot stop that so easy, but we can change our own habits starting from today. Most of the people consider it as a norm to throw out some groceries once in a while, but it is possible to live even without this small individual waste. Here are some advices how to reduce the amount of wasted food.
You can use all the products that are starting to age. The easiest way how to do that is by making some foods with lot of ingredients. For example, if you have some vegetable leftovers that are starting to look bad, but are still good for use, make a soup, salad or stew. If you have lot of vegetables, make smoothies. There are a lot of recipes, so there is a pretty big chance you will find something especially for your grocery mix.
Also change the way you go shopping. Lot of people goes to the shop or markets only once a weak or even and buys groceries for all that time. It is hard to predict what amount of food you will use each weak and what you will want to eat each day, so better go to the shop more often if that is possible. If not, than at least try to buy products with longer realization dates.
Some of the groceries can be stored for a lot longer time if you preserve them. For example, if you have lot of vegetables left freeze them or put them into a jar and heat. Also you can do that with meat if you have some preservation recipes. Frozen or preserved food can be stored even for several months or a whole year.
Don’t trust the realization dates. Every product has a realization date and most of the people believe that product is not good for use after this date. In lot of cases it is not true. If the realization date have passed, that means the manufacturer don’t take responsibility for this products quality any more, but it doesn’t necessary means that product is old. If it looks and smells fine, you can use it even if the realization date is over for a few days. Especially it requires to products that has to be cooked before eating.
Also planning the meals can help. If you know what you will eat every day, you will know what and how much to buy. That will help you not to buy groceries that won’t be used. If you buy food rare than better plan meals with similar products in them so there would be fewer leftovers.
If you follow all these advices you will be able to save a lot of money and help the environment at the same time. There are limited resources on this planet so lest use them wisely.