Food waste is a no-no in many homes. They say the average American throws out $500 of food each year. That is one reason why reducing, reusing and recycling food waste should be a must for every household.
If you are still unaware of what you can do to your food waste aside from throwing them in the garbage, there are a number of ways on what you can do in order to reduce, reuse and recycle your food waste. Here are some practical ideas on what you can do to your food waste:
- Shop only what you need. One of the main reasons why you have food waste is because you have a lot of extra foods left uneaten that becomes spoiled in your food storage or in your refrigerator. To avoid this, create a list of the ingredients that you only need for your next two days and shop only the ingredients that you lack in your pantry. That way, you only have to store what you need for today and tomorrow.
- Cook only what your family can eat. Do not oversize the portions of what you cook. If you think your family can only eat a certain portion of food, then only cook your food in that measurement. If some of your family members will not be able to eat at home, cook only for those who are dining at home. That way, you can avoid leftovers – because there is no guarantee they will heat up what you cooked when they get home.
- Recycle your fruits. If you do not want to eat fruits that are already soft, recycle them. Create smoothies or juice it so you do not have to throw them away. You can also create pies or other pastries in different fruit flavors.
- Cook with your leftovers. Do not throw leftovers. These can still be used as ingredients for another great meal!
- Use the older food first and the new stock later. Following this system will enable you to reduce food waste since you can use all of your food up before buying replacements.
- Compost your food waste. If you no longer can recycle your leftovers in your home, your garden will still love it. Create a compost bin for all your food scraps so you can turn it into garden food later.
- Use your freezer. Foods store in the freezer will help to prevent mold or rot so if you have foods left, freeze it!