Reducing Food Waste
It's no secret that food waste is significant contributor to climate change, as it decomposes without oxygen and releases methane gas if placed in landfill. But reducing food waste can also save you money on your weekly food bill, and help minimise your food storage requirements!
We've collated a few of our favourite ways to reduce food waste. we'd love to hear some of your faves too.
Buy only what you need
That's what we're here to help with. If you're making a recipe that calls for 1 teaspoon of sumac, or half a cup of coconut sugar, there's no need to buy more than what you need if it's not a product you'd usually keep in your pantry. We can help you measure out your requirements in store.
We know, easier said than done! Having a plan (and a shopping list) can help reduce not only food waste, but your grocery bill too. Also, having a few basic recipes up your sleeve which help use up those last bits of produce can be very helpful. Check out our 'usemup' orzo recipe
Whether it's leftovers, or fresh fruit or vege, your freezer could be your bestie! Grate and freeze ginger and cheese, juice and freeze lemons, peel and freeze bananas, wine, tomatoes, butter, most (non leafy) vegetables, and even eggs!! (not in their shells).
We love to use glass jars and stasher bags for freezing food, so we can easily see what we have in there.
Take containers with you when you dine out
Most restaurants or cafes will offer you take-home containers for your leftovers, which not only reduces food waste, but saves you having to think of what's for lunch the next day. Taking your own containers with you for "doggy bags" is the ultimate waste-free option!
Food scraps in landfill produce methane gas, so for all those peels, skins, cores, stalks and unfortunate bananas (that are even too ripe for a banana bread), a brilliant option is the compost, worm farm or bokashi. You might even find yourself with some rich compost or worm tea for your garden- bonus!
Store food in glass jars so you can easily see what you have in the pantry
It can be easy to have an "Out of sight, out of mind" approach to food in your pantry, which can cause waste when you realise too late that you have an half a packet of soft pretzels back there.