How not to waste food ?,
Wasting food is a global problem! 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out in the world, which is 1/3 of all food produced. This number scares us, and yet in everyday life we do not even notice situations in which instead of properly using the purchased products, we are unknowingly wasting them. What exchanges should be made in their handling of food to stop the waste of food?
Causes of wasting food
The most common reason for consumers wasting food is very easy access to a variety of foods. In every store, smaller or larger, on the shelves there are piles of food products, and in the refrigerators they are presented. For choice, for color. Sometimes it is difficult to decide. The ability to buy on the spot virtually every food craving, does not teach you to respect food, on the contrary. The message of ubiquitous prosperity in stores is simple – you do not want to eat one product, throw it away and buy another one, you have such a choice!
Often, the waste process begins already during shopping, when too large amounts of food often land in the basket. Buying unreasonable and unplanned amounts of food leads to a situation where we are unable to “overeat” these stocks, so we throw them away. Lack of rational use of food products while preparing meals and inappropriate portioning of food also very often leads to getting rid of unwanted food.
The problem that contributes to wasting food products is also inadequate food storage. Articles that are incorrectly stored, break down faster and become unfit for consumption. It is known – if the product is broken, it should be removed.
In the food industry, the cause of excessive food waste is often the massive disposal of food, as well as too low awareness and lack of cooperation between food companies and organizations dealing with the reception of food, which is directed to utilization.
How to counter wasting?
There are simple ways and rules to be implemented in your household to stop wasting food. They are not labor-intensive and do not require a financial effort, and will bring the same benefits – not only for the environment, the economy, but also for ourselves.
In our homes we should first of all take care of
- Planning meals – planning meals earlier, which will be prepared over a week or two, not only will allow you to check the quality of meals, but also will prevent food waste; thanks to a set menu, it will be easy to prepare a list of the products you need and compare with the state of your home pantry.
- Preparing a shopping list – thanks to the list of products you need, you can avoid buying food items that are unnecessary and unplanned for consumption during the week; the list will protect you from buying a temporary “grocery” whim, often the unhealthy one!
- Proper storage of food products – providing foodstuffs with appropriate storage conditions, ensures their longer shelf life and prevents spoilage.
- Self-portioning of food by family members – placing too large amounts of food on the plates of household members usually results in its being thrown out. Independently deciding on the portion size will ensure that the amount of food is adjusted to the current desire / need and will prevent getting rid of leftovers.
- Checking the expiration date and applying the FIFO principle – tracking the expiration dates, which are given on the packaging, allows you to determine the correct order of consumption of food products; knowledge about the final date of consumption, allows you to plan the use of the article so as not to waste it after a certain date. The introduction of the FIFO (first in – first out) principle facilitates “logistics” in the fridge – if something has been bought earlier, it should be previously eaten (stands at the front) than the product bought later (stands behind). Unless, the expiration date enforces a different arrangement.
- The use of creative leftovers – leftovers from dinner or soup are not suitable only for the basket. You can make really delicious treats – pies, pancakes, bread pastes, … Did you get half a cup of yogurt? No problem! You can use it with milk for a cocktail or to make white cheese with vegetables! For inspiration, look for cookbooks or the Internet. You will be surprised by the multitude of leftovers!
- Sharing with others – if you know that the amounts of food that are in your fridge are unbakable for you and will probably go to the basket, there is advice! Take some of these products to work and share with others! Not only that you will not waste food, you will also have a nice time! The rest of your colleagues will be delighted)
These few simple ways will help reduce the amount of food wasted in your home. A single operation, of course, will not change the national statistics, but following the proverb – “a droplet drills the rock”, even a small action can bring effect!
Posted on: August 7, 2018