How can we stop food waste?

How can we stop food waste? Tips to reduce waste.

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Australians throw away $8 billion worth of edible food (up to 20 per cent of our groceries) every year! With the changing climate and food becoming harder to produce we can't afford to be wasting food. Food scarcity will be a huge problem in the coming years and we need to learn to value and respect our food and the people that farm and produce it.

Here are our tops 10 food waste tips:

1. Meal Prep

Planning and prepping your meals in advance ensures you use all the produce you buy. 

2. Prioritise Which Foods To Use First

Make a "USE FIRST" box in your fridge. Put the fruit and vegetables which need to be used first in a visible spot so you don't forget about them. 

3. Refresh sad veggies

Asparagus - Stop Food Waste

Did you know you can bring limp vegetables back to life with ice cold water? This works great with carrots, beets, potatoes, broccoli, asparagus, bok-choy and other leafy greens. 

4. Store Food Properly 

Keep your food fresh for longer by storing it properly. Air tight containers and jars work well to increase longevity of produce.  

5. Only Buy What You Need

Buying too much food is the main cause of food waste. Stop this by planning your meals out ahead of time and only buying the food you know you will cook & eat. 

6. Take a reusable container with you when dining out

It's easy to get carried away when ordering at a restaurant and end up with more food than you can eat. A great habit is to take a container with you to take leftovers home with you. You can ask the restaurant for a takeaway container but bringing your own stops the need for single-use plastic. 

7. Share Food With Friends & Family

If you have more food than you can use share it with friends and fam. If you grow your own produce at home and you have a bountiful harvest why not pass food onto people in your community.  

8. Use scraps to create vegetable stock

Did you know you can make vegetable stock out of veggie scraps?  

You can use a ziplock bag or silicone bag to keep scraps in the freezer. Collect offcuts of veggies like onion, garlic, celery, corn cobs, zucchini, and other squash skins and all!

Avoid broccoli, cauliflower, kale and other leafy greens as well as potato.

Once you have collected a full bag, add to a large saucepan. You can add herbs, bay leaves or anything else you like for extra flavour. Boil on your stovetop for 1 hour, strain through a mesh bag. Store in an airtight jar for up to a week. Or freeze in small portions for use later.

9. Preserve food by pickling & dehydrating

Preserve food by pickling & dehyradting

10. Compost or donate unusable scraps

Do you have a home compost yet? If you are looking to get started we highly recommend following the @compostable.kate the QUEEN👑 of compost who has so many great tips about all the different ways to start composting at home. ♻️

If you don't have your own compost you can share your scraps with someone else! Check out Share Waste. This platform was created to connect people who wish to recycle their food scraps and other organics with their neighbours who are already composting, worm-farming or keep farm animals.

Now you can divert organic material from landfill while getting to know the people around you!


Let's Stop Food Waste Together!

We all have a part to play in the reduction of food waste. Which of the above do you currently do and which do you want to try?

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