You may be shocked to learn that around a third of the food that is produced in the world at the moment for human consumption is simply wasted.
In the US alone, the Food Waste Reduction Alliance has found, 15-16% of all fruits and vegetables are wasted.
This is not only costly for households – think of it as literally throwing money that you have spent in the trash whenever you waste food – but it is bad for the environment too.
Food production (and particularly the production of meat) releases large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
In sum, the less food that we waste, the better! Let us help you to get a handle on your leftovers with our food storage tips.
- Cut down on leftover herbs by freezing them.
Do you ever buy bunches of herbs like parsley and dill, use a little in your recipes, and then toss the rest out? Stop this habit right now! Did you know that you can pre-cut your herbs and then freeze them?
If you store them in ziploc bags before freezing, they will be perfectly fresh when you defrost them again. No special ziploc bags to hand? Just use a portable heat sealer to seal any usual bag safely and securely, keeping all of that freshness and flavor in:
- Save spare cooking oil.
Did you know that cooking oil can often be safely reused?
Pouring cooking oil down the sink is a common practice, however it is very bad for city drainage systems, causing buildups of solid fat that are difficult to remove.
Save oil, save money, and help to save the city's plumbing too by reusing your cooking oil.
Make sure that you don't overuse oil by spraying rather than pouring it onto your pans and onto foods like veggies or sausages (this stainless steel oil sprayer is very helpful for this:
- Keep your leftovers safely stored in the refrigerator.
Instead of throwing out leftover food, store it safely and hygienically for the next day. When kept in a sealed container in the fridge, leftovers will usually keep for up to three days.
We have plenty of tupperware boxes in our store that you can use for this purpose, and if you purchase this collapsible lunch box you can take your leftovers into work to reheat them there.
Just make sure to store them in your work refrigerator so that they stay as fresh as can be.
- Creative ways to eat up leftover fruit.
Sometimes, we find that we buy a bag of apples or a whole pineapple but cannot finish all of the fruit.
And, to top things off, maybe we don't feel like eating more of the same fruit the next day so instead of storing it in the refrigerator we simply toss the leftovers into the trash.
Here's a simple way to make that leftover fruit last longer and taste delicious, too.
Just use a fruit dehydrator (this 5 tray dehydrator can deal with 5 different fruits at once, to turn sliced fresh fruit into long lasting dried fruit snacks.
Dehydrated fruit can last for weeks if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Try slicing your leftover apples, dehydrating them in the dehydrator and then tossing them in some cinnamon.
They make a great snack to take with you while hiking or commuting, and have plenty of fiber and vitamins in so they are good for you too.
Even better, they taste naturally sweet without any need to add sugar.
- Practice good hygiene with your leftovers.
Don't leave food out on the kitchen counter overnight: refrigerate any leftovers in a clean sealed container.
If it's hot, leave it to cool for no longer than two hours before transferring it into your clean, sealed container.
You can keep all kinds of leftover food, from pizza to pies, in this way for around 3-4 days.
When handling leftover food, make sure that all of your utensils are clean. Antibacterial washing soap and hot water are useful here, as are clean utensils.
These scoop strainers are perfect for lifting leftover vegetables from pans of water, and as they are color coded you can use a different strainer for each different type of food:
The food waste revolution starts in your own home
We can all do our bit to cut down on food waste. Try the 5 simple tips above and see how much money – and food – you can save.
As you can see, cutting down on food waste does not take much effort: in fact, it saves you effort because you do not need to cook fresh food every night and can dine on your perfectly stored and still delicious leftovers when you return home from work at night.
What is more, it is so inexpensive to cut down on food waste – and as you will be buying less food, you will actually be saving money week by week.
Try it today, and make sure to spread the word to your friends and loved ones about the food waste revolution too.