It’s an unpleasant fact that many of us are wasting food, whether we realize it or not. This is usually because we don’t know how to store our food correctly, and end up throwing away a lot of items before their expiration date. In this blog post, I’ll give you tips on how to reduce waste in your kitchen by storing your ingredients properly!
– Buy in bulk and freeze part of your purchase: One way to reduce kitchen waste is buying what you use. If you only need one onion, don’t buy a whole bag! However, if you find that you go through onions quickly, look into buying them in bulk at the grocery store or farmers market. Not all groceries offer this option, but most do. When you get home from the store, be sure to properly freeze any leftovers that won’t be used up in a timely manner!
– Use your freezer: If you find yourself throwing away fresh herbs or vegetables more often than not, consider freezing them before they go bad. To avoid freezer burn and maintain their taste, place the ingredients in airtight freezer bags.
– Use your pantry: Another way to reduce kitchen waste is by using what you have! If an ingredient goes bad before you get a chance to use it, don’t throw it away. Instead of buying more herbs or vegetables, try adding other items that are already taking up space in your pantry. For example, if you have a half cup of white rice and an onion that is starting to spoil, try making some fried rice!
– Plan your meals: This is a big one! When you know what items you need to buy for the week, it’s easier to avoid wasting food. Before going grocery shopping, make a list of everything that needs to be bought and stick with it while at the store.
– Store properly: I cannot stress this enough! Most people don’t realize that you need to store certain items in a specific way. For example, tomatoes should be left out on the counter until they are fully ripe and then placed in your fridge’s crisper drawer. Onions, potatoes, and garlic should not be stored together because this causes them to rot faster!
– Compost: The last tip is to compost. Most grocery stores have a designated area for food waste, but you can also start your own at home if it’s allowed! This is an excellent way to keep usable items out of landfills and create nutrient-rich soil in the process.
When the food isn’t consumable for humans, send it to animals. When this is not an option, put your items in compost bins or use them as mulch on your garden. However, if you don’t have a garden and still want to reduce waste, many grocery stores now offer recycling options! Be sure to ask