Updated: Jan 1
Happy Monday, I hope you all had a beautiful weekend!
So last week Friday I shared an informational blog post on food waste. If you haven't already read it, please check it out as it is jam packed with a whole lot of facts and information that you need to know and will also give some context for what is to come in today's blog post.
Friday's post gave you the info, today's post will give you the ACTION! Today I'm going to be sharing with you some top tips to get you more food wise and help you lessen your food waste. So lets get right on in into it!
1. Buy Wise
Tip number 1, only buy what you know you will eat. Sometimes we can get carried away in the grocery store, all those lovely fruits and veggies, jars of sauces and jams, packs of this and that, and sometimes we end up buying more than we actually need. This is how a lot of food can get necessarily wasted. So when you're shopping be mindful of what and how much you are buying, and don't buy something that's on special just because its cheaper even if you don't need it.
2. Overripe, Blemished, or Bruised?
The freezer is your best friend when it comes to overripe or blemished fruit. If you have some fruit that looks like its seen better days and you know you probably won't eat it, then simply wash/peel it, chop it up and put it in a sealed container in the freezer. It'll stay good for months and is delicious to blend up into nice-cream (fruit ice cream) or frozen fruity treats especially in the warm summer months. Another great thing to do is make smoothies with overly ripe fruit and if you want to be really fancy make frozen fruit popsicles by pouring your blended up fruit into a popsicle mould. See, that over ripe banana and bruised peach don't need to go to waste, there are endless possibilities to turn these not so appetizing looking fruits into something that everyone will want to get their hands on!
3. Peels, Stalks, and Stems
Those leftover veggie peels and scraps are actually pretty useful - and pretty delicious when its homemade veggie stock you're making! Forget store bought and packaged veggie stocks, they're usually full of other additives and preservatives in any case, and bring on your very own homemade zero waste veggie stock. Its so easy to make, all you need to do is collect your veggie scraps, throw them into a pan with some boiling water and allow it to simmer for 30 or so minutes. Take it off the stove, strain out the scraps and set them aside, and then pour the stock into a jar or container and allow it to cool before sealing and storing in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.
4. If All Else Fails, Compost!
If you've really done your best but you just have that one tomato that happened to be forgotten in the back of the fridge and there's absolutely now way you can do anything with it then don't worry not all is lost! The answer to your problem is COMPOST! Compost, if you didn't already know, is gold for your garden or flower pots. It provides plants with nutrients and encourages happy healthy plant growth. Plus its excellent for all those bits and pieces of food scraps that are past their time for human or animal consumption. There are a few different methods of composting and you can do whatever suits you best (look out for Friday's blog post, we'll be chatting all things compost!).
5. Be An Inventor!
Time to get your inventor's hat out (is that even a thing??) because we got some leftovers to make use of! Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs and we end up with leftovers. Leftovers are great the next day for lunch or dinner, simply make sure to store them in sealed containers in the fridge. But what happens you find those same leftovers a week later. Not such a pretty site....
When it comes to leftovers you need to be smart. If you know you probably won't eat them the next day then pop them in the freezer for later in the week. But if you feel like you wanna have some fun with your leftovers, why not make a whole new meal out of them and really impress the family with your kitchen skills? This is when you put on that inventor's hat, take a scroll through Pinterest and voila - kitchen magic has been created!
And there you go, my top tips for cutting down on your food waste. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that you start implementing these tips into your daily life to become more food wise and start wasting less.
Look out for Friday's blog post as we will be delving into the whys, hows , to dos and not to dos of composting!
Bye for now!