Buy mutant-looking fruits, and other tips to avoid food waste
About a third of the world’s produce end up as food waste, which is bad because 800 million people suffer from hunger and so much effort is wasted on its disposal.
The National Geographic said if food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest producer of greenhouse gases.
So, here are some tips taken from various web sources on how to prevent food waste:
Have a plan on what you will buy and cook, and how much. Look into the refrigerator first, then make your grocery or market list.
Buy ugly, deformed (or “mutant-looking”) but discounted fruits and vegetables. They taste the same but cost less.
If you only need a small amount, buy prepared meals or pre-cut assorted fruits and vegetables that make use of imperfect produce.
Buy frozen food.
Shop often. Start with a large amount, then update the fresh produce regularly.
Buy fresh, organic and local produce.
Take home left overs.
Share side dishes and use smaller plates for portion control.
Ask the waiter to hold food you will not eat.
At buffets, get only what you need.
Be mindful of expiration dates.
Declare a left overs day per week. Use the first in, first out policy for eating leftovers. Or recycle them into soup, omelettes, and fried rice
You can also use them as stock.
Blend leftover fruits into a shake or turn them into homemade ice cream. You can also include them in your pancake batter or turn them into crepe filling.
Grow your own vegetables and herbs.
Turn scraps into compost.
Turn old bread into croutons or pudding.
Store bananas, apples and tomatoes by themselves because they give off gases as they ripen and make other fruits spoil faster.
Prepare your food in clear storage containers and in small amounts for easy cooking,
Cook perishable items, then freeze them to make them last longer.