With Marmite hitting our shelves on 20th March I got thinking about food glorious food! SIFT’s all about waste minimisation so today’s topic is food wastage and how to reduce it. We’re all probably guilty of throwing food out so let’s look at some tips on how to reduce food waste including some info on Canterbury food banks where you can donate your extra food.
Here are some tips to reduce your food waste:
- Understand what types of foods you are wasting. Recognising these items will alert you come shopping day to consider if you’ve brought too much
- Before you go shopping have a look in the cupboards and fridge and see what you have. Next make a list and stick to it when you’re in the supermarket. If you’re super organised write a meal plan for the week ahead so you know exactly what ingredients you need to buy
- Move your older foods to a prominent place so they are used first
- Think about what food can be frozen. That way perishable items can be saved for when they are required, not needlessly cooked up and thrown out as too much was prepared
- Serve people what they will eat – try not to prepare too much
- Take your leftovers for lunch the next day or think about how you can add to your next main meal
- Fruit that has gone soft can be made into smoothies or used in baking plus vegies can be added to soup.
- Donate your extra food to food banks. In Christchurch you can contact The Christchurch City Mission and The Salvation Army.
Remember buying less food or only the items you need for that weeks meals will save you money! Now that’s great motivation to have a think about how to shop wiser.
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