Ways To Reduce Kitchen Waste
Food waste has become an area of concern as it is particularly damaging to the environment in terms of waste collection, disposal and greenhouse gases. We often use a lot of water and energy resources as well to prepare our meals. Therefore, we’ve compiled a few ways to reduce kitchen waste.
1- It all starts at the supermarket
We sometimes find ourselves buying items we don’t need only to end up throwing them in the trash once they expire. Plan your shopping by preparing a list of what you really need. Also go for Bulk shopping which helps eliminate excess packaging and saves money.
The majority of packaging that comes with your food can be avoided or recycled. Plastic bags, cardboard containers and plastic boxes have a long life span. Reuse old plastic bags for holding vegetables and bulk goods when shopping. Also fresh food doesn't need packaging and can be placed in your own re-usable bags.
3- Reduce or eliminate paper towel use
A decent sponge can last a long time, simply boil it for a few minutes to kill germs and odors. Use a wire rack instead of paper towels for draining fried foods, and for cleaning, check out microfiber cloths which can be used multiple times.
4- Proper fridge storage
Set your fridge at the right temperature to keep your food fresh and avoid wasting energy. Fridge should be set between 3 and 4 degrees Celsius and between minus 15 and minus 18 degrees Celsius for the freezer.
5- Soak beans and grains before cooking
Soaking certain foods reduces cooking time as well as gas or electric use. Throw a cup of beans or grains into a bowl of water before going to bed, and it will cut the cooking time by half. Another energy-saving approach is to use a pressure cooker which on average cooks foods in a third of the time required for conventional pots and pans.
6- Compost food scraps
Composting is the natural process of decomposition and recycling of organic material. Food waste can easily be recycled into compost such as fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, and eggs shells. Compost applied to your garden helps capture carbon in the soil, which means you improve the health of your soil and assist water retention.