You can be a food hero by reducing your food waste! Do you know that about one-third of the world’s food is being discarded? It’s somewhat startling to think about this given that many people at some part of the world are actually losing their lives on hunger and malnutrition. So if you wish to take part of the planet conservation, why not start with life preservation? One thing you can do is to reduce your food waste.
Have a meal plan so you buy only those food items that you are going to actually eat. If you are someone who likes to buy a lot but would only throw most of the items away because they are either rotten or has expired already, then it’s high time that you start making a list of your grocery items before you go out to actually buy them. Getting a list will help you stay on track of items that you will really need. This will also prevent you from buying unnecessary items, hence helping you save on your finances.
Learn how to store your foods properly. Proper storage can prolong the life of your fresh produce. Vegetables like garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and cucumbers must not be put inside the refrigerator. They should only be kept on a room temperature. On the other hand, you may want to separate those food items that produce ethylene gas since they speed up fruits and vegetables ripening.
You can also learn the art of food preservation. There are lots of cool YouTube videos to help you with this. Fermenting fruits and vegetable can help preserve food items for years. Buy food items that are in season so that you can get them at a cheap price. Then, you can preserve them. For example, you can try to make strawberry jams when strawberries are in season. Otherwise, you can freeze them so you can use the fruit later for baking or cooking.
Furthermore, you can help prevent food wastage by actually buying fruits and vegetables that are about to rot. For example, if you are going to make tomato sauce then you can get tomatoes that are already very ripe since you are only going to peel and crash them after. This way, you can save these fresh produce from being thrown by stores and supermarkets. Plus, they are obviously cheaper so you will be able to save too!