Food wastage is not a light issue and has turned into an epidemic all over the world. In the US alone, it is estimated that a staggering 40% of the food is wasted. What might come as a surprise to many is that the higher the quality of the food, the greater has been the wastage, thanks in parts to the vegetable and fruits. The average American throws down the chute, close to a pound of food on a daily basis. This is not the news we wish to hear!
The US has set in place legislature that will help to reduce the amount of food waste by 50% by the end of 2030. Food waste has an added impact on the climate as well, more the amount of food wasted, more will be the landfills piling up with trash. This decomposes to produce methane gas, which is a greenhouse gas and is known to eat into the ozone layer- the only line of defense from the harmful rays of the sun.
We will be taking a look at some of the ways in which we can reduce the heap of food waste that we are putting out to throw each day:
Inventory What Is In Your Refrigerator
The key to wasting less food is simply buying less food. If you are keeping track of what is in your kitchen and your fridge, then you have pretty much won the battle. Make a list of the plant-based foods that you will need for the plant-based meals you will be prepping. Based on the requirements, make the purchase.
Designate bin boxes to store the food that has nearer expiry dates; this will ensure that it is not lost in the background in the sea of other foods.
Planning Your Meals Beforehand
Planning your meals in advance is a great way to not lose your way in the supermarket. You can buy what you need and the rest can be bought during the next trip. You should plan and not fall victim to impulse buying. Planning ahead will ensure that you won’t flood your kitchen with things you don’t need.
Make The Freezer Your Friend
Many of the foods that become bad can be chucked in the freezer and then later made into broths and soups. This ensures that you don’t waste things that become overly ripe. For example, overly ripe banana can be cut and kept in the freezer to be used in smoothies.