Approximately 1/3 or more of all the food produced around the world is wasted. North Americans discard up to 40% of the food they buy, according to mashable.com. That is amazing, considering there are so many who go hungry every single day. So, what can we do about this when buying and preparing meals for ourselves and our families? Let’s explore a few simple ideas.
Plan and Shop Smartly
One of the most efficient things to do is to plan your meals ahead of time and shop for only what you need. Using the bulk aisle of your grocery can help with purchasing only the amount of dry goods you need. This is also true for bulk produce, such as celery sticks, carrots, onions, potatoes and more.For the meat and seafood aisle, keep an eye out for single serve portions.
Plan your recipes and write down the ingredient amounts you will need next to the items on your shopping list. The key is to purchase only what you need to consume.
Repurpose your Scraps and Bones
A great tip from the renowned chef, Jacques Pepin, is to keep a container or a sealable bag in your refrigerator that you can place vegetable ends, fruit cores, roasted chicken bones, shrimp shells – basically anything you are likely to discard. When the bag is full, use these tasty bits to make a slow simmering soup stock or bone broth that is full of vitamins and nutrients.
For unused scraps, start a composting bin. Composted vegetable matter imparts terrific nutrients for all types of gardens.
Use your Freezer
Have you ever bought a giant bag of grapes or too many blueberries? You can freeze fresh fruits in small bags for use in smoothies and baking. Frozen grapes are a great snack.
The same goes for vegetables. Just blanch extra vegetables, shock them in cold water, and freeze in meal size portions. Here is a helpful guide for freezing vegetables at home .
Economize by buying a whole chicken and cutting it into freezable portions. A whole chicken is generally less expensive than portioned chicken and will keep in the freezer for a couple of months.
Every once in a while, go through your pantry and see what is in there that you haven’t eaten, such as canned goods and unopened boxes of pasta. These can be donated to your local food pantry.
At Famous Foods, it is important to us to cater to our customer’s needs. Whether you are shopping for one or for a family, you will find the right serving size that will fit your lifestyle and help you to reduce food waste.