Is that even possible? Well, it is clear that it can happen to anyone at some point that one or the other fruit, vegetable or yoghurt starts to go mouldy or goes bad without us noticing. However, if we have a very conscious approach to food, we can keep food waste to a minimum. Today we have important tips for you on how to stop wasting food.
We, in Western countries, live in food abundance. Not only that at any given time everything can be found in the supermarkets, but also that we can buy products of the best quality. We find this quote from Global 2000 very meaningful and therefore want to share it with you:
“Around a third of the world’s food, or 1.3 billion tons per year, is thrown away along the value chain. If we apply the EU estimate of 180 kilograms per inhabitant and year to Austria, that is 150 fully loaded articulated lorries full of food lost every day.”
And that’s why we hope that you can and will implement these tips:
- Buy only as much as you really need. Think about how the coming days might go and maybe go shopping again. Otherwise, you can also stock up on frozen vegetables or dry food like pasta or lentils, so that you still have something at home if you don’t have time to go shopping right away.
- Resist the temptation and don’t be tempted by offers like “Take 3, pay 1”, which might make you buy products you don’t really need.
- Be open to buying “not so nice and flawless vegetables or fruit”. A crooked carrot tastes just as good (;
- Often you will find little containers in refrigerated departments where products are offered at half price because they are about to expire. Take one of these products as well.
- To prevent food from spoiling so quickly at home, it is important to store it properly. For the storage of flour we have another blog post for you >>
- The best-before date for, for example spreads, yoghurts, etc., indicates that the product is in perfect condition up to this date. This does not mean, however, that it is spoiled and inedible from that point on. You can still eat these foods at your own risk, but of course you should look, smell and taste to see if it is still good.
- Leftover food from the day before can simply be added to the next dish. For example, you can put the leftover rice into the vegetable pan of the following day or use the remaining spreads to refine the dish.
Let’s help together and try to implement these tips to counteract food waste and keep it to a minimum!
P.S. Our last tip: With overripe bananas you can easily conjure up a fresh banana bread. Here we have a recipe for you >>