5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste
Did you know that every year, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted or lost? That being said, 1.02 billion people went hungry in 2009. If we saved every last morsel of the wasted food that year, each hungry person could have ended up with more than one ton of food for the whole year! The overabundance of wasted food is a huge problem in this country. When it comes to wasting food, restaurants are some the biggest culprits. On average, a restaurant wastes about a pound of food per customer per meal.
Society has embarked on a battle against food waste. The more restaurants that come aboard, the quicker we’ll be able to reduce food waste. If you’re interested in contributing to the movement, we have good news for you. It’s incredibly easy to help save food for those who really need it! All it takes is a little bit of effort.Don’t overbuy!
When a vendor has a sale, it’s especially tempting to take advantage of it and purchase more food than needed. Next time you’re faced with such a temptation, ask yourself if you really need the extra food. Chances are you won’t save any money at all, because you’ll be likely to end up tossing out the unused food anyway.Request produce at various stages of ripeness.
Let’s say you order 50 equally ripe tomatoes on Monday. By Friday, you have 15 tomatoes left, and they’ve gone bad. What do you do? Toss ‘em out! You don’t have to do this. You can ask your vendor to send you produce in various stages of ripeness to avoid everything peaking at once.Store food properly.
Ask any avid Kitchen Nightmares viewer, and she will tell you that she lost count of how many times Gordon Ramsay stumbled across a refrigerator full of food that wasn’t stored properly. In such a scenario, what did Gordon Ramsay do without fail? Throw out every last morsel of the food! If you don’t store your food properly, it spoils quicker and can possibly get cross-contaminated. You should also make sure that your refrigerator and freezer are at the right temperatures.Organize, organize, organize!
Label everything. Be sure to note the date of purchase, and put the new arrivals behind the older products. If you don’t keep track of how old everything is, you may be faced with a situation where you’re not sure if a product has gone bad. You know what they say in the restaurant industry, when in doubt, throw it away!Don’t toss; donate.
The best way to reduce food waste is to give unused food to someone else. Instead of sending day-old bread to the landfill, give it to your employees or a local food pantry.
You can even take it one step further and start an organization or movement in your community that focuses on reducing food waste! For tips on becoming a community leader, check out our recent blog post titled Being a Community Leade
r.by Chiara Fucarino