Canadians waste more food than they consume. Have you every considered ways you might reduce food waste? Here are five tips for adopting better habits at home:
Plan your shopping.
Before going grocery shopping, check what food you already have at home. Go through your fridge and pantry to plan your weekly meals. Then, write a list of the items that you still need to buy.
While, at the grocery store, avoid throwing random food in your shopping cart since this would increase the probability for it to end up in the trash bin.
Check the dates.
While strolling around in grocery store, take some time to check the expiry date on the items you are buying. If you are planning to have meat on the same day you are purchasing it, then you can look for meat which is close to its expiration date. By doing so, you would lower the chances for it to be thrown away by the grocery itself in case nobody else buys it. On the other hand, if it’s still the beginning of the week and you are planning to organize a barbecue over the weekend, then you should make sure that the meat you are buying has a longer expiry date.
The lure of buying items in bulk at a lower cost can be very attractive to families that are trying to save money. But we have to be real with ourselves, are we ever going to need two liters of mayonnaise? If the food ends up going bad you end up losing money instead of saving.
Donate to the local food bank.
It sad when you think about all the food waste, yet there are still millions families that are struggling to put food on their tables. If you have unused items in your pantry consider donating it to a food bank. There are even centers that will take surplus from your vegetable garden.
Feed your garden.
A lot of food waste still ends up in the landfill each year. Composting reduces the amount of waste you put out for collection and creates a free, nutritious fertilizer that will help make your garden more beautiful. Compost your kitchen and garden waste. Everything from uncooked vegetable scraps to fruit peelings, teabags, coffee grounds, eggshells and small amounts of paper and soft cardboard can be composted.
These small changes to your shopping, meal planning, and eating routines can have a huge impact on your family budget, stress level, and the environment.