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5 Easy Ways To Reduce Food Waste

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1. Shop Smart

Most people will tend to buy more food than needed, buying in bulk may be convenient but research shows that this type of shopping leads to more food waste

Instead of buying in bulk once a week, try to make more frequent trips to the store and use up that food before going again. Another tip is to make a list and stick to it, this will help avoid impulse buying.

2. Store Food Correctly

If food isn’t stored properly, it goes bad and contributes to massive amounts of food waste. Improper storage leads to premature ripening then early rotting of food. Be sure to lookup the proper ways to store different foods, for example, foods like onions and cucumbers should never be refrigerated. They are perfectly fine left at room temperature.

Separating foods that produce more ethylene gas from those that don’t is another great way to reduce food spoilage. Ethylene promotes ripening in foods and could lead to spoilage.

Foods that produce ethylene gas:

  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Cantaloupes
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Green onions

Be sure to keep these types of foods away from ethylene-sensitive produce such as potatoes, apples, leafy greens, berries and peppers to avoid premature spoilage.

3. Learn to Preserve

Pickling, drying, canning, fermenting, freezing and curing are all methods you can use to make food last longer, which reduces waste.

These methods reduce your carbon footprint and ultimately will save you money as well. An example of preserving would be canning an excess of ripe apples and turning them into applesauce, or pickling fresh carrots from the market.

4. Don’t Focus On Perfection

Consumer demand for flawless fruits and vegetables has contributed to major grocery chains focusing on only offering picture-perfect produce. This leads to tons of good food being tossed and contributes to food waste.

5. Keep Your Fridge Clutter-Free

It happens to everyone, you restock your fridge and put the new in front of the old without thinking. Make sure you remember to put the new food behind the old to ensure you use those foods first.

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