7 PRACTICAL WAYS YOU CAN REDUCE FOOD WASTE AND SAVE MONEY Over one-third of the food produced in the world gets wasted. Food wastage isn’t

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Over one-third of the food produced in the world gets wasted. Food wastage isn’t just a bad practice, but
also quite harmful to the environment. It’s also the money you wasted that could have been put to better
use. Here are seven practical ways to help you reduce food waste –

#1. Plan your meals When you plan your meals, you know exactly what and how much you’re going to prepare. As a result, you will only buy enough to prepare these meals, thereby avoiding food waste and saving money which you can put aside for other expenses.

#2. Shop realistically People often tend to buy more than they need. Additionally, we tend to buy in bulk to save costs. However, buying in bulk in one of the main reasons for food being wasted. Visit the grocery store more frequently making smaller purchases rather than buying in bulk every two weeks. Planning what you wish to buy and making a list helps also helps you stay on track and avoid making impulse purchases.

#3. Eat before you go shopping Food shopping when you’re on an empty stomach often leads to impulse purchases which you might regret later and simply end up wasting. Have a healthy snack to curb these impulses and keep your purchases more practical and rational.

#4. Store food properly In most cases where food gets wasted, it’s because the food is stale or inedible simply because they weren’t properly stored. Other times, people tend to mix up all fruits and vegetables while storing them, leading to the food going stale prematurely. Understanding how food should be stored and when they should be refrigerated helps avoid food waste.

#5. Keep your fridge clutter-free When your fridge is all cluttered, you might lose track of what you’re storing. A well-stocked fridge is a great idea, but when it’s overstocked or cluttered, it leads to food waste. Keep it organised so that you know what you’re storing and whether there are any leftovers. Keep the older food items in the front and the newer ones at the back.

#6. Keep track of your waste Understanding how you waste food and what you throw away will help you keep track of future purchases. Also, keep an eye on how much you waste over the week and calculate the costs of the food being wasted. This will help you plan your next trip to the grocery store a lot better and avoid wasting food as well as money.

#7. Understand expiry dates ‘Best before’, ‘use by’, ‘expires on’ are terms used by the manufacturer to let consumers know when the food is most likely to go bad. What these terms indicate is that the food might not taste as good beyond the specified date. This doesn’t mean that the food is unsafe to consume or is spoilt and needs to be thrown away. Perform a quick smell and taste check before you throw away food, and don’t simply go by the date specified on the product.

With a small amount of planning, effort and lifestyle changes, you can drastically cut down on food waste. Use these seven practical tips to combat food wastage, save money and protect our environment.

Ritika Tiwari
Freelance Writer/ Blogger/ Content Strategist

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