Food waste is the big culprit behind our lack of fruits and veg in our cabinets. How much do I buy? How long will this last? All valid questions! Solutions will often vary from person to person, but I’ve put together a list of fail proof ways to reduce food waste. Here they are:
1. Make a reasonable list & stick to it! 🥕
When we don’t make lists, we tend to over shop. As a result, food spoils. Avoid going shopping on an empty stomach, so you aren’t tempted to make impulsive purchases.
2. Make a note of what foods you can freeze 🥕
I like to freeze bread and rice when it looks like I won’t finish them in a timely manner. The same goes for fruit, vegetables, and meats!
3. Utilize ripened food in creative ways🥕
I like to make stir frys, chili, or even roasts with all of my food that is close to its shelf life. This is a sure way to reduce food waste!
4. Keep herbs and certain veggies fresher by putting them in a glass of water🥕
Make sure to do your research! Some like room temp, while others like to be in the fridge.
5. Check expiration dates when buying food. 🥕
I normally grab the products in the back because they have a later expiration date which gives me more time to finish the item.
6. Wash berries with a little white vinegar 🥕
This will keep them fresher longer! Fill a bowl with 4 parts water and 1 part white vinegar and soak the berries for 1 minute. Then, rinse and drain the fruit with water. Dry the berries completely and store in the box they came in.
7. Keep mushrooms in paper bags– not plastic 🥕
Mushrooms tend to get moldy in plastic because it locks air and moisture in. Paper allows unwashed mushrooms to breathe without getting damp.
8. Add water to your guac!🥕
Sounds weird, I know. But it really works. Before you store your extra guac in the fridge, level it out as best you can. Knock it against the counter to get all air bubbles out. Then, pour a thin layer of cold water over to create a seal. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge. When you’re ready to have some more, simply drain the excess water and enjoy!
Buying whole foods doesn’t have to be tricky. Now that you have the proper tools to keep your pantry fresh, head to the grocery store and put this to work!
If you have any questions or comments, as always, shoot me a message!