Five simple ways to join in the global movement on reducing food waste.
Know your serving portions
It is always very daunting when you are planning for a party or prepping nutritious meals for the week. You worry there is not enough food to pass around and too much causing food waste.
I found this blog on how to plan ahead to ensure you are preparing only what can be consumed and not hosting parties with food more than your guests can stomach.
Sustainable ingredients are on the rise
Plant-based diets are catching up for health reasons, weight loss or environmental concerns. Before you rush out to stack your pantry with plant-based food, understand what is plant-based diet first.
The basic idea is to make plant-based foods the central part of your meals. A plant-based diet emphasizes foods like fruits, vegetables, and beans, and limits foods like meats, dairy, and eggs.
Understand more of this diet with the link below.
Buffet style or a-la-carte
We love buffet because we have so many choices to choose from. But at the end of each buffet party, there are always plenty of left-overs that could feed an entire village.
How about hosting parties a-la-carte? Like how you would order at a restaurant where you order what you want to eat. You can prepare a 3 or 4 course meal and all these prepared and portioned in the kitchen to the number of guests you have invited.
How to use almost expired food
You do not have to throw away near expiry food. Google for recipes to cook a delicious meal, it not only helps to reduce food waste but saves on your pocket too.
When your strawberries looks mushy, make a homemade jam. Make a banana smootie.
Look up one of the blogs I have written on what to do when food has expired.
I also find soups and stews are great to finish off whatever perishables which are starting to get soft. Like throwing in potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, onions and some chicken for a big pot of delicious hot soup.
Donate your extras for a noble cause
I have a friend who owns a bakery. She never has any leftovers because every night, she will pack whatever is not sold and donate to the orphanage or welfare homes the next day. And this is not because her business is slow. Quite the contrary, there is always a queue because customers love the freshness of her bread and pastries. And they love and support what she is doing for the welfare of others who are in need.
When you are clearing your pantry or your fridge, don’t just toss the food into the trash. Consider donating them to local food charities. A noble simple effort to reduce food waste.
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