People tend to buy food more than they need which increases your grocery budget. The simplest way to cut down on your grocery budget is to stop wasting food. It might look so hard, but it works well. There are millions of people in the world dying of hunger. You can notice that almost half of the garbage is filled with food waste. Food wastage also affects the environment. The food waste dumped on landfills will produce a large amount of methane which is a more powerful greenhouse gas. Methane will absorb infrared radiation and heat up the earth’s atmosphere which leads to global warming and climate changes. If this continues, the resources will deplete sooner than you think. It’s high time you have to take essential steps to cut down waste on foods.
Store Food Correctly
Irregular storage leads to an enormous amount of food waste. To store the food correctly, here are some tips:
- Place your raw foods below cooked foods in the refrigerator: Raw foods and cooked foods must be kept separately because the bacteria from the raw food can contaminate cold cooked food.
- Avoid refreezing defrosted food: While on thawing, the poisonous bacteria will grow in frozen food. Keep this thawed food on the fridge before it is ready to be cooked. The second time, frozen food is likely to have higher levels of food poisoning bacteria.
- Store food in stored containers: Keep the cooked food in the refrigerator after the steam has stopped rising from the food and store in airtight containers.
Sow the Seeds
The fruits and vegetables such as apple, watermelon, pumpkins, and tomatoes have seeds that have deposited directly into the landfills. Seeds are also consumable and packed with nutrients or else you can cook new items with this seed. Wash and dry the seeds and roast them gently on the oven.
Rather the seeds can be sowed, watered and grown into lovely plants that will give you back the fruits. You can have your own kitchen garden if there is enough space in your home.
Only Buy What You Need
Buying things in bulk is suitable and cost-effective, but it might include the things that you won’t use anytime soon. Instead of buying grocery and food items for the whole month, buy it in a weekly plan. Make a list for weekly needs and shop for ingredients you would need in the coming week. This not only reduces the food wastage but also decreases your grocery bills.
Understand Expiry Dates
‘Expires on’ is a term that companies use on food labels to let consumers know when a product will most likely go bad. Most of the consumers use this term only to mention the date they think the food would be damaged. So use the food by your own judgment since they can be spoiled before or after the date mentioned on the food labels.
To reuse the food particles, composting leftovers is a useful way because the food waste will act as energy for plants. You can easily use an outdoor composting system if you have an outdoor space in your house. Fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags, paper towels or tissues, and eggshells can be composted easily. You can also compost meat but they start to spread the bad smell around the area.
There are so many ways that you can reduce, reuse and recycle food waste. These tips not only reduce food waste but also save your money and time. Contribute to our Planet with a small amount of effort and without losing money.