It has become extremely necessary that we start thinking about the wastage that comes along with buying or even making food. Check out these easy and practical tips.
1) Don't overbuy
Keep track of what you've bought and used. Remember to consume perishable items before they get spoilt. Prepare a list of all the food items, this way you’re more likely to notice the older food items and use them up before they go bad.
2) Plan ahead
Think about what you're going to cook and how you'll use the leftovers. You can plan it fortnightly or weekly, whatever works for you.
3) Get to know your grocery
Improper storage leads to a massive amount of food wastage. Freeze the surplus to avoid it from rotting or going stale. Food items like potatoes, onions and garlic should never be refrigerated. Avoid stocking up on large quantities of ready-to-cook food items.
4) Donate what you won’t use
Scraps and other selective food that may go to waste can be fed to hungry animals or strays. Do consider the High Court ruling on feeding stray dogs.
5) Get composting
Rather than discarding scraps, you can compost certain foods and turn them into nutrient-rich fertilizer. When added to soil, compost is great for growing vegetables and herbs.
It is always helpful to educate others, because simply being aware of the issue of food waste can help make people more attentive to wasting less.