Did you know that at least $165 billion worth of food ends up in the trash yearly? Shocking. At home, you may not be wasting as much, but you can still lower your food waste by a lot. Below are stop tips to save your money and minimize your food waste daily.
1. Grow new food from vegetable scraps.
Stop tossing the ends of lettuce, carrots, leeks, chives, and cabbage to the bin. All of these, and many other vegetables, can be regrown with a tiny bit of water. As for other scraps that you cannot regrow, place them in a big pot with water and boil them to make vegetable soups and stocks. It is pretty much free money.
2. Start meal prepping.
Every time you cook, make extras for future lunches and dinners. You are already doing the chopping and washing so why not go the extra mile? This way, you use up all your ingredients, have food ready inside the fridge at any time, and minimize the temptation to order takeout.
3. Aim to be a zero-waste homecook.
The zero-waste movement has been gaining traction recently and for good reason. More chefs and homecooks are trying to find a use for every part of the food they are making, from the roots and stems to stale bread. There is less food waste, and the concept encourages you to be more creative. Use vegetable scraps in stocks and broths, add leftover meat to omelets or use as ravioli filling, and make croutons with stale bread. The possibilities are endless.
4. Rearrange your fridge.
Never let food sit and die at the back of your fridge. Rotate the items inside regularly. Professional chefs practice the ‘first in first out’ method and you can do it on your home kitchen, too. Anything you buy new can go at the back of your fridge as you move the older things towards the front. The more you see what you have, the more likely you are to use them before they expire. You will waste less food, save more money, and also keep your fridge a lot cleaner!