In France, 38 kg of consumable food are thrown away every second for various reasons. This is not without consequences for our environment and for future generations. Here are 10 rules to avoid food waste.
- 1 Opt for organic meal boxes
- 2 Keep your food better
- 3 Don't give up on ugly fruits and vegetables
- 4 First in, first out
- 5 Be innovative with leftovers
- 6 Organize your menus in advance
- 7 Reinvent faded products
- 8 Take stock temporarily
- 9 Pay attention to expiration dates
- 10 Pay attention to the cold chain
Opt for organic meal boxes
The organic meal boxes are services of supply of ingredients to help you to make healthy meals while avoiding the food waste. In France, there are several companies qualified in the supply of organic box meals. Subscribe to this service and receive at your home on a weekly basis, a suitable quantity of ingredients for your kitchen.
Keep your food better
Much of the household waste is spoiled food. Many people have no idea how to properly store fruits, vegetables, etc. A good start would be to not mix foods that produce more ethylene with those that do not. Ethylene promotes ripening and can also cause food to spoil.
Don't give up on ugly fruits and vegetables
Have you ever been in the supermarket and rummaged through a bin and picked out the most perfect fruit? This attitude promotes food waste. Although ugly in appearance, fruits and vegetables are similar in taste and nutrients.
First in, first out
This method allows you to consume the old purchases before moving on to the newer ones. To do this, put your new purchases behind the old ones so that you don't lose sight of them.
Be innovative with leftovers
Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed. Use last night's leftover rice to make fried rice. Use leftover cereal for a family breakfast, then pile the cooked protein on top of tortillas for a great taco.
It seems like a tedious job, but it won't take you hours. The advantage of this action will be that you will be able to buy only the ingredients you need for your meals. This will save you from impulse buying and therefore from waste.
Reinvent faded products
You can cut up, refrigerate your ripe bananas and then make them into smoothies. Spotted apples and berries can be used for baking. To make a vegetable soup you can use aged carrots, green beans and celery.
Take stock temporarily
Before making any purchases, take stock of what you already have in your refrigerator. This won't take much time and will allow you to limit your purchases to what is necessary.
Pay attention to expiration dates
Knowing the expiration date of a product allows you to consume it in time to avoid throwing it away. However, be aware of the different styles of expiration dates. A "Best before" date means that after that date, you can still eat the food. Use by" means that after that date, the food may be hazardous to your health.
Pay attention to the cold chain
When shopping, fresh produce should be the last item on your list. You should tie them together and ideally put them in an isothermal bag to keep their temperature.