Reducing Kitchen Waste: 5 Easy Strategies
Nearly every kitchen experiences some sort of waste. From food that goes bad before you’re able to cook it to kitchen utensils that don’t get used, there are many places where you can cut back. When you’re trying to get rid of the waste in your kitchen, make sure that you follow these tips.
1. Reuse containers
You don’t have to go out and buy new containers and bags for everything you have. Make sure that you’re reusing containers to ensure that you cut down on the amount of waste coming out of your kitchen. For example, when you get bags from your shopping trips, make sure to use those bags later. You can use grocery bags for other trash, or even to carry your lunch in to the office. If you simply throw away all the containers you get at the grocery store or farmer’s market, you’re wasting a lot of reusable material.
2. Clean the refrigerator
One of the biggest problems when it comes to waste around the kitchen is that people don’t eat their leftovers, or food goes bad in the fridge. So to cut down on the amount of food you’re throwing away, make sure that you’re regularly cleaning the refrigerator.
This will ensure that you’re remembering that you have leftovers and perishables. When you see and acknowledge these foods, you’re more likely to eat them. Turn leftovers into new dishes, take them to work or school for lunch, or reheat them for a delicious dinner.
3. Plan your shopping trips
Before you go to the grocery store, make sure that you have a list of the foods you need. This helps cut down on the amount of extra that you buy. Along with this, food planning is a great option to ensure you cut down on your waste.If you know the meals that you plan to cook over the next week, you’re just going to get the ingredients you need. When you have the food and items you need around the home, you’ll throw away much less than if you simply buy whatever sounds good at the time.
Also, making multiple trips for ingredients that you can walk or bike back home is a strategy to build into an overall shopping trip. This alone will help you be more deliberate when it comes to buying food that you will actually eat, as well as reducing how much packaging you’ll likely tolerate having to carry home.
4. Freezing your food
When you do purchase bags or containers make sure that they’re freezer-safe. Then when you go shopping, you can get fruits and veggies that you can freeze. This allows you to get the foods you love when they’re fresh and in season. From there, you’re able to easily cut them up and freeze them for use at a later date.
You can incorporate frozen fruits and vegetables in a variety of meals, from stir fry to smoothies. Plus, they last a lot longer in the freezer than they do sitting out on the counter or even in the refrigerator.
Sometimes even when you’re very good at making the most of what you buy, food goes bad. When it does, a compost heap can be a great strategy. Putting that organic material that you wouldn’t want to eat back into the ground supports the growth of new food that you can eat if you’ve got your own vegetable and/or herb garden.
Organized and under control
Keeping waste at a minimum isn’t always an easy task. However, with proper planning you can ensure that food gets eaten, fewer items get thrown away, and that your kitchen looks great. When you’re not dealing with as much waste, you’re able to keep your kitchen organized and under control.
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