I love food and eat a lot of it. It's something I spend a lot of time and money on and therefore I feel deserves a deeper look into how I could make better decisions around it.
Now I'm not talking about the type of food I choose (There's plenty of sites/blogs out there that are covering this and are far more knowledgeable than me in the area), I'm talking about the amount of food I choose.
In Australia we spend around $136 Billion a year on groceries we take home to cook and eat. Of which 20% is simply thrown away. That's $27,200,000,000 put in the garbage bin every year! An extraordinary amount of money and food that could be saved.
Here are my top 3 tips to reduce your household food waste. Not only will these save you money, they'll save you time, energy and our environment. Eat them up!
1. Don't buy more than 3 days worth of food (apart from Breakfasts).
I know this may be going against what you might have already heard in that you should plan out your weekly meals in advance. But the reality is is that we live in a very busy and reactive world. How many times have you had to stay back at work and your plans to make that wonderful veggie stir-fry with all those ingredients in the fridge becomes less and less likely. Buy only what you need, when you need it.
2. Keep your fridge clean and sparse.
We've been shown and conditioned through Western TV that we should always have a fully stocked and loaded fridge at all times and that there's almost a sense of satisfaction when you can't see the back of the fridge. Whereas we should be doing the complete opposite. Try to aim to see everything in your fridge at all times, grouping foods together that are for the same planned meal. You'll be amazed at how much food you'll save. Plus there's the added bonuses that you'll also save a bit on your energy bill and not having to do the dreaded monthly 'what is that at the back of the fridge with a head on it' clean out.
3. Get to know your friend the freezer.
Ah the mighty freezer, often forgotten and underrated compared to it'd bigger brother the fridge. But what usually lacks in size in certainly makes up for in use. Not only does it prolong the life of most perishable foods, it'll also keep that casserole good for a week while you're on a in Thailand.
Some of my favourite types of food I like to freeze are; bread, bananas (perfect for smoothies), most types of other fruits, cheese and chocolate.
Written by Luke McLeod - Founder of Got Soul