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7-day Challenge To Reduce Food Waste

January 23, 2015 2 min read

Food waste has become a very serious issue, and although the problem is global, there are many things you can do at home to reduce or avoid food waste. This challenge will help you on your way to reducing your food waste: Day 1:
  • Clean out your fridge. Put everything that is about to go bad in a basket and place it somewhere central in your fridge so that you remember to use it up.
  • If you don’t think you’ll use something from your new “expiring soon” basket in the next few days, freeze it.
  • Start tracking your food waste. Put a list beside your garbage or compost and write down whenever you throw something out, what it was, and why (i.e. it went bad, no one liked it, no room in the fridge, etc.).
foodwasteeatme Day 2:
  • Make an “eat this soon” list and put it on your fridge, to go along with your expiring soon basket.
  • Read up on food storage tricks and tips – and make use of them at the next opportune moment. One good one I picked up: store a cut avocado with a slice of onion to prevent it from going brown. The same applies to guacamole.
  • Check your refrigerator’s temperature. It should be between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit, with your freezer at 0-2 degrees.
foodwastestorage Day 3:
  • Make a grocery list, but keeping your schedule in mind. Only buy what you need, even if that means buying fewer items more often.
  • Make a recipe using two things from your “expiring soon” basket.
Day 4:
  • Prepare all of your produce – wash, chop, and store, so that they are ready to cook with and more likely to get eaten.
  • Make vegetable stock out of the unused parts of chopped vegetables.
foodwastescraps Day 5:
  • Pickle it! Pickling is an easy way to preserve your vegetables.
  • Label it! Go on a labeling frenzy, whether it’s your freezer, pantry, or spice rack – you are much more likely to use something if it’s easily indentifiable.
  • Have a “scrounge night” dedicated to eating all of your leftovers.
foodwaste pickle Day 6:
  • Review what’s in your fridge and pantry. If anything is about to go bad, freeze it now.
  • Rifle through your pantry and donate what you don’t want or aren’t going to use to your local food bank.
  • Make a recipe using something from your freezer, eat this soon list, or expiring soon basket.
Day 7:
  • Make an action plan to continue these waste saving habits permanently.
If you’re interested in the food waste problem, I highly suggest watching Just Eat It, an amazing documentary on the subject.  

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