Tips for Reducing Food Waste
Not only the start of a new year but the start of a new decade. If you’ve included any food resolutions on your list of things to do for 2020, consider taking a Canning & Preserving class to help you preserve seasonal fruits and vegetables or take a cooking class with your kids to help set them up with cooking skills for life!
One great resolution that we can all strive toward is reducing the amount of food that we waste. Did you know that the average Canadian wastes an estimated 170 kilograms of food per year and that Canada is among the worst countries globally when it comes to food waste. (CBC’s The Current)
In light of this, here are a few things that we all can do to help with this problem:
- Learn to pickle and preserve food with proper methods to allow you to ensure that fresh produce doesn’t go to waste when it’s in abundance.
- Meal plan. Every week before grocery shopping sit down and make a meal plan for the week. Factor in days when a family member is away or busy with sports, if you’re planning to host a party etc. Take a look at what you already have on hand and use those ingredients for inspiration in your meal planning. Buy what you need to achieve these meals, and nothing else!
- Consider portion size when cooking and don’t make too much extra, unless of course you love leftovers and ALWAYS eat them, then go for it.
- Speaking of leftovers, pack them up smartly. If you’re not sure you’ll take it for lunch the next day for example, consider freezing that meal straight away for future use if it’s freezer-friendly.
- Do your research when it comes to food storage. You might be surprised to learn what will make certain fruits and vegetables last longer.
- Avoid over-clutter in your fridge and pantry. This is when there is so much stuff that you forget what’s hiding in the back. Take regular inventory, even if it’s just in your head, and watch expiration dates to ensure nothing is forgotten.
If you incorporate at least a few of these tips, you’ll be combating food waste, and padding your pocketbook. Before you know it, these habits will become second nature. Here’s to a wonderful 2020!