How to Reduce Food Waste At Home
Food waste has reached a critical point in Malaysia as data from Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SW Corp) shows that 55% of solid waste disposed of at landfills is food. Malaysians currently have at least 3,000 metric tons of food every day that is still fit for consumption, with the number increasing during festive seasons. The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) has shown that approximately 20 to 50 % of fruits and vegetables are discarded.
HOW TO AVOID FOOD WASTE
The daily waste of food, the one that touches us most closely, begins in our kitchens. It begins, in the sense that the first source of waste is a misspending, and ends, because the food we waste is what we throw in the trash. Still perfectly edible, still useful for some of the dishes on our menu. How to avoid this waste? These tips that you’ll find here will help you!
LEARN HOW TO SHOP: first of all, start by buying only what is necessary. It is therefore essential to have a list of things to buy, planning, if possible, a weekly menu, so that you can indicate the quantities needed.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE EXPIRY DATE: as a general rule, check the freshness of a product by reading the labels. But be careful: not all food goes bad in the days following the expiry date. For some foods, the delay of 24/48 hours affects very little of the quality of the product so do not hurry to throw them in the basket. Besides, many foods are marked "consume before", which has nothing to do with the expiry date. In these cases, once the indicated limit has been exceeded, the food does not expire but it simply loses some characteristics of freshness, so throwing it away is an avoidable waste.
STRATEGIC USE OF THE REFRIGERATOR: one of the main factors of food waste is the expiration of food. In this regard, it is essential to use some tricks to remember foods that are about to expire. A good method is to place them in the central departments of the refrigerator, which are the first ones you see when you open it.
REUSE THE LEFTOVERS: another huge source of waste is leftovers. Especially when you have guests you are used to cooking many delicacies but it often happens that the leftovers end up in the dustbin. To avoid all this waste a little bit of imagination is enough: many recipes can be made with leftovers of food to create tasty dishes. It will be the right opportunity to discover new menus.
ASK FOR THE DOGGY BAG: when you go to a restaurant, you often end up ordering more than you can eat. Here too, the solution is very simple: ask for the doggy bag. You will not waste food and you will have your lunch ready for the next day.
Realize the value of food so it doesn’t end up in wasting: there are many people in this world living in countries devastated by drought or war who don’t have enough to eat and are dying of starvation.
The SmartBite Team