Things you can do in 2 minutes to cut food waste


Category:

Tips and Tricks

Date:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 9:00 AM

 woman looking in pantry cupboard

 

We’re a busy bunch aren’t we? 

Often we just don’t have the time to think, organise, plan or work out if that food is still fine to eat - and we can end up throwing food away.

But most of us want to do our bit to help the environment, to be a good example, to live better, healthier lives.  

Sure you could wait until you find the time to properly sort out your fridge/pantry/kitchen/life (circle one).

OR you could just start by doing one small thing differently!

You’ll start heading in the right direction and get the satisfied feeling that you’ve done a little something worthwhile. 

So here are some simple things you can do in under 2 minutes to start reducing your food waste TODAY. 

Pick one to try this week and try another next week. Find something that works for you.

Good luck!


1. Dice up stale bread and freeze.

Why? Bread ends, leftover bread rolls and uneaten slices can all be diced up and frozen for when you need to jazz up a soup or salad with toasted croutons.

 

 potatoes and onions

 Are you making this common storage mistake?

 

2. Separate your onions and potatoes.

Why? Onions make potatoes sprout and go bad faster.

3. Apply FIFO – first in, first out. When you unpack shopping, put new items at the back and bring old ones to the front.

Why? You’ll naturally grab the older items that need to be used up first.

4. Start a vegie stock container in the freezer.

Why? Off cuts from carrots, celery, onions and loads more can be frozen to make a delicious homemade vegie stock on a free weekend. Check out this great how-to guide from The Rogue Ginger.

 

 expiry date

Food that's passed it Best Before date will lose quality but will still be safe to eat.

 

5. Read this short paragraph to understand the difference between use-by and best before dates.

Why? Knowing the difference between these can save you throwing away food that is perfectly good to eat.

6. Think of an item you need to use up and plan your next meal around it.

Why? You’ll start making it a habit to use up what you’ve got, reducing the chance of things ending up in the bin.

 

Fridge temperature 

Keeping your fridge temperature between 2-4 degrees will make leftovers last longer.

 

7. Buy a small thermometer and put it in the fridge.

Why? For those of us without fancy temperature control, it makes it easy to keep your fridge in the optimal temperature range between 3-4 degrees Celcius.

8. Put food in the fridge straight away instead of waiting until it cools completely.

Why? The longer food stays between 5-60 degrees Celcius, the more bacteria can develop so you need to get your leftovers below 5 degrees stat!

 

notepad

Keep a notepad in the kitchen to jot down items as you run out.


9. Put a pen and pad in your kitchen to write down items you run out of as you go.

Why? No more accidentally doubling up on items at the supermarket and you’ve already started your shopping list!

10. Decide on a leftovers night.

Why? Leftovers night is a great way to clear out the fridge and pantry. Spread out leftovers and let the family go to town.

11. Put a couple of extra ice-cube trays in the freezer.

Why? So you can freeze extra bits of tomato paste, lemon juice, coconut milk and lots more. Check out the video for the full list.

 

Are there any other simple things you do to get the most out of your food?

Let us know on the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LoveFoodHateWasteVictoria/ 

 

 



 

notepad

Keep a notepad in the kitchen to jot down items as you run out.

2. Put a pen and pad in your kitchen to write down items you run out of as you go.

Why? No more accidentally doubling up on items at the supermarket and you’ve already started your shopping list!

notepad

Keep a notepad in the kitchen to jot down items as you run out.

2. Put a pen and pad in your kitchen to write down items you run out of as you go.

Why? No more accidentally doubling up on items at the supermarket and you’ve already started your shopping list!

notepad

Keep a notepad in the kitchen to jot down items as you run out.

2. Put a pen and pad in your kitchen to write down items you run out of as you go.

Why? No more accidentally doubling up on items at the supermarket and you’ve already started your shopping list!

notepad

Keep a notepad in the kitchen to jot down items as you run out.

2. Put a pen and pad in your kitchen to write down items you run out of as you go.

Why? No more accidentally doubling up on items at the supermarket and you’ve already started your shopping list!

notepad

Keep a notepad in the kitchen to jot down items as you run out.

2. Put a pen and pad in your kitchen to write down items you run out of as you go.

Why? No more accidentally doubling up on items at the supermarket and you’ve already started your shopping list!

Love your food

Each year Victorian households throw out 13,500 tonnes of uncooked meat and fish.