May 28, 2013

Do not Waste...



You probably turn off the lights when you leave the house; you probably recycle; perhaps you’ve installed a low-flow shower head, use public transportation, ride a bicycle for local errands, carry a reusable water bottle and frequent the farmers’ market to buy local, organic foods…

but have you thought about how much of your food you end up tossing in the trash? Reducing your food waste is actually really simple: all you need to do is buy what you need and eat what you buy. Or if you want to be a little more specific (and make the list fit conveniently in blog-friendly “Top 10" format), you can expand this to: Buy what you need, Eat what you buy, Keep food fresh, Don’t toss before it spoils and Avoid the trash. Here are the details:


Make a list

You can plan your weekly menu in advance. Before making such menu you must check your ingredient list. Accordingly plan a menu. In case you require something extra, shop for that only. There will be hardly any issue of wastage.



Following the list


You must follow the list religiously. This will help you to act in a planned way. You maintain a restrain so that you can resist the temptation of loose offer. It will help you to plan the menu in budget and prevent food wastage.



Maintain a healthy fridge


Maintain a big fridge. Check the inside temperature. Adjust cooling inside so the freshness of foods is maintained for maximum freshness and longevity.



Do not throw away


Convert the wilting food in a productive way. Make smoothies with fruits. Make paste or soup with vegetables.


Utilize leftovers


You must learn the tricks to use the leftovers in an innovative way. For example, you may use leftover chicken in the soup or you may use fish curry into making sandwich. Once you learn the tips how to recycle foods, you have won the game.


In sight, all right.


Keeping food visible works wonders. That means avoiding the cluttered fridge and cabinets where items get pushed to the back. Take a tip from supermarkets: Put the newer groceries behind the older ones.


Serve small amount

You must learn to serve in a meticulous way. This will help in utilizing all cooked food. Especially children often take a big scoop and hardly consume the whole. Moderate serving will help in complete consumption of food and restrict food wastage.


Buy what you exactly require


Unless you know the exact consumption, instead of purchasing in packet, try purchasing loose fruits. This will help in restrict your wastage. In case of fish, meat, and milk contact nearest vendor, so that if require you can ask them for instant delivery.

Store some foods 


Cook at a time some extra and store them in air tight container. This will help you in getting some food when you want it instantly. For example, if you purchase a big packet of bread you can use it different way, when required. Likewise precooked meat or curry can serve well in preparing quick dinner.

Check what you buy



Trust your senses before you rely on the package date. Sell-by dates are aimed at retailers and leave about a week for consumers to enjoy an item at home. And best-by is less stringent than use-by.



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