While many countries are suffering from hunger, mankind sends half the food produced each year to landfills. Such data are provided by the UN. Two billion tons of food are lost due to poor transportation, storage, expired shelf life. Marketing policy forces people to buy goods they do not need, which we simply do not have time to consume.
As a result, mankind has faced a crisis of overproduction. Solve the problem by starting to rationally consume foods. In addition, it will solve the problem of the preservation of natural resources. And the battle for rational consumption of food is carried out by each of us. We should learn not to throw away food. And the following tips will help in this.
Buy more often, but in smaller quantities.
It is only necessary to start planning your grocery purchases, as the problem of the appearance of food debris disappears. It is necessary to prepare perishable products immediately after their purchase. This will not give them a precipice ahead of time. But already ready meals can be simply heated for a week. But this method is not suitable for those who are accustomed to eating exclusively freshly prepared food. They can advise millet to make purchases more often.
Buy ugly vegetables and fruits.
One French supermarket even launched an advertising campaign, urging people to buy huge apples, ugly oranges and shapeless vegetables. Usually on the shelves of shops rarely get vegetables and fruits of irregular shape, but the market is full. And let them outwardly ugly, but the quality of such products is excellent. If we form a demand for them, it will help them fulfill their mission, and not go to the trash.
Do not allow good products to spoil.
It turns out that many products began to deteriorate earlier than intended, because of their incorrect storage. It is worthwhile to learn how to store certain types of vegetables and fruits. Tomatoes are often placed in the refrigerator, although they need room temperature. Greens are best wrapped in paper and put in a bag, making it for ventilation a few holes. One rotten fruit can spoil everything else that is stored next to it. So it is better to immediately throw out some spoiled products, without waiting for a general “epidemic”.
Investigate in which mode your refrigerator is operating.
Few people know that not all the shelves of the refrigerator cool food equally. The best place to store poultry and meat – the lower shelves, the coldest. But semi-finished products and ready-made products can lie down and higher, in a warmer zone. The highest temperature in the refrigerator is formed on the door, there is an excellent place for food additives and ketchups. But there’s nothing to do with dairy products and eggs.
Be skeptical of the shelf life of products indicated on the label.
Not all products are unusable at the time specified by their manufacturer. Usually this date is indicated for retailers. We still have to rely on your taste, smell and simple prudence. A product whose shelf life expires a few days may be still edible, but it will not be fresh for sure. Is it worth the risk?
Use mobile applications.
Today, mobile applications help to make rational purchases in stores. For example, “Love food, hate waste” makes it possible to accurately calculate how much and what foods you need to prepare a dish so that there is no waste left at the same time. It’s no secret that we usually buy “by eye” and with a margin. This program will share many useful recipes and tell you how to better spend food and save food.
Some waste is quite edible.
Usually, we throw out greens from cauliflower, lemon peel or a cob from broccoli. In fact, many parts of our food that are considered garbage are not just edible, but also useful and tasty.So, the carrot tops may well replace the parsley, and the peel from the beans can be fried and eaten along with them. More recipes can be found in cookbooks. They will definitely learn to use the most unusual and “inedible” ingredients.
Clean your refrigerator.
Every couple of days, inspect your refrigerator to ensure that it is properly maintained. Is nothing forgotten in it? It is worth an “inventory” before going to the store to know exactly what it might be needed. Those products from which it’s time to get rid of, should be chosen as ingredients for the future dish, clearing a place for fresh and new.
Activate your creativity.
The best dishes rarely appear from new and whole foods. Usually they are prepared from what is left and turned up on the arm. Creativity in cooking appears due to unnecessary waste. The same chicken bones and vegetable residues can become the basis of the broth. Hardened bread, along with herbs, can turn into delicious croutons, leftovers of meat and rice, mixed with eggs – what is not ready a hearty meal?
Take care of conservation.
It’s not just about the usual twists and whims. The remaining food may well be preserved and stored in the freezer. In order to preserve their color and nutrients in vegetables, it is best to blanch them first. First they should be dipped in boiling water for a few minutes, and then immediately into the ice. After that, the vegetables can be packed in a sealed package.
Share your food.
Each of us in the fridge has products that you do not want to eat, and throw it away. In developed countries, entire organizations are created that accept food in the form of donations. And if in America known Food Runners, then in Russia this practice has not yet developed. In any case, the problem of the homeless has not been solved yet, which will certainly help your unnecessary products.
Get a composter.
Are all the above measures still leaving waste in the refrigerator? Why not buy a kitchen punch? It will help to process the lost products into something useful. This mass can be used as fertilizer for indoor plants or even for your own greenhouse.