HOW TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE IN YOUR HOME
Food waste is a big topic right? One we need to keep talking about and being creative in the ways we approach food consumption – for SO MANY reasons. Aussies throw an estimated 20% of food away each year. Yikes.
Let’s consider a few ways you can look at reducing your food waste and be savvy with the way you purchase, cook, consume and recreate.
EAT CONSCIOUSLY AND SEASONALLY and cook what you need. The combination of these helps to reduce food waste. If we are conscious of how we eat then we don’t over consume nor create waste because we don’t need to do either. Cooking just what you need can be helpful too. You can do this in a couple of ways.
Cook for the meal and who you are serving only making sure you’re not over buying, over shopping, over cooking then essentially OVER all the leftovers you face in the coming days.
Be conscious of how you cook, knowing that you intend to cook one meal for the evening and have the other portion remaining for the following day for lunch. This one is a fairly easy health hack too, saves you from running out and buying something you don’t necessarily want to eat come lunch time.
Our friends at HelloFRESH recently sent over a beautiful box of ingredients (To purchase your own box with 40% off click here) and easy to follow recipes ready to prepare meals for the week ahead and honestly it was SUCH an incredible help in managing this process. The ingredients for the meals come portioned as you need them, nothing is left for waste. They’re seasonal ingredients too which is important for our farmers, suppliers and our nutrition. Always always always eat for the season.
In the box we received there were 4 different meals (family box) serving 2 people each meal. Some meals were eaten all at once between the two, others cooked for one and the remaining portion not picked at for the sake of it (we’ve all been guilty of that at some point!), but instead packaged up for the following day’s lunch. Perfect solution.
PLAN YOUR WEEK
You’ll hear this from us nutritionists A LOT. Good nutrition, health AND reducing food waste comes with a bit of a strategy. Take the time on a weekend or whichever day suits you to plan your meals for the following week according to what works with your lifestyle.
If there are days you know you’ll be short on time and unable to pick up food for dinner then order in advance so there are meals there ready and waiting for you to whip together. HelloFRESH is one way of doing this. It’s a simple solution and you can devour the menu the week prior so you know exactly what you’re eating the following week. Plus, because there is thought that’s gone into the way you shop, it doesn’t leave you wandering the supermarket isles grabbing randomly and mindlessly, ultimately creating waste.
UNDERSTAND FOOD PORTIONS
Something we can all keep practicing because most of us eat 30% more than the recommended portion of food we need to. If you buy some items in bulk for instance, this doesn’t mean you have to cook and eat in bulk too. Rather, and what was another lovely bonus of the meal and recipes with HelloFRESH, it guided you on how portions should look and taste. It was that simple.
STORE FOOD WELL
No brainer right? But can definitely go wrong, resulting in more waste, and an ultimate frown when you discover interesting bugs, mould or food that is inedible when you only cooked or bought it a few days prior. Organise your fridge and pantry, clean it out frequently so no unwanted critters make their way into it and invest in some decent environmentally friendly storage containers so you can store your food to keep it fresh and tasteful, rather than see it in the bin.
UTILISE ANY REMAINING INGREDIENTS CREATIVELY
We’ll admit, the HelloFRESH Box of goodies didn’t really leave us with any leftovers with the need to be creative with but it was SO REFRESHING (pardon the pun) to have that. What we cooked, we ate, and then if we needed to be creative with food we had a clean slate to work with which is up there with the fresh flexible head space after yoga! Big wins.
So tell us, how are you consciously reducing your impact on food waste and if you’re not there yet, what steps might you take this week to lessen your footprint?
+ This is post is sponsored by HelloFRESH, but all thoughts an opinions expressed are the writer’s own.