Have you ever bought a bunch of bananas and over the next few days, they shift from green to yellow to brown? The next thing you know you suddenly have a trash can filled with a bunch of bananas. This phenomenon is common, especially in American households who throw away around 40% of the food they buy. In fact, more than one-third of all food produced is either wasted or spoiled.
So how do you prevent this and save a bit of money? Well, keep reading as we list 6 of the most practical ways to prevent food waste.
- Shop Realistically
-Don’t buy too much food and go in with a game plan. Stick to a list and plan out ingredients before had for the meals you’ll be making for the week.
- Save and Eat leftovers
– A meal for today and meal for tomorrow, easily said, leftovers are great. The problem comes from having leftovers and not actually eating them. Label your leftovers with dates and track how long they’ve been in the fridge or freezer.
- Store food correctly
– Check out charts online to know the best places to keep your fruit and veggies in order to get the longest shelflife from them.
- Expiration dates and sell-by dates are guidelines!
-Don’t let an expiration or sell-by date convince you to throw away perfectly good food. They only identify food quality, not food safety. When it comes to spoiled food trust your instinct not the date on the package. If it tastes, smells, or looks funny toss it out.
- Keep track of what you toss
-Keep a waste log and record the prices you spent on your food. You’ll easily start to pick up on trends and save a buck or more while you’re at it. Also, take note of what’s going on inside of your fridge before you go shopping. It’s the best way to avoid doubling up on products and you’ll be able to use the products you have before they go bad.
- Donate to food banks and farms
-Don’t just look to your trash to toss away your surplus or spoiled food. Instead, check out your local food banks and charities where you can donate an item you know you’re not going to consume before they go bad. As for food scraps and other types of food head to your local farm or companies that specialize in feeding livestock.
Try out these simple tips to reduce not only your food waste but also feel good and save money while doing so!