Reduce waste and save on your grocery bills with these 5 measures.
While, according to the UN, around 780 million people go hungry around the world, every year a third of the world's food production is lost from production to consumption.
Reducing food loss and waste contributes significantly to increasing food security and reducing hunger and resource use worldwide.
To reduce waste and increase your savings, adopt these measures:
- Plan your shopping. Before you go to the supermarket, determine the period for which you are going to buy food (for example, a week), see what you need and make a list of the products and quantities to buy. That way, you'll avoid impulse purchases and only take home the right products and quantities.
- Read, understand and respect the information on the label. Check the expiry date, keep the products in the right storage conditions and respect the rules for use and reuse indicated by the producer. This will prevent food from going stale or spoiling.
- Avoid leftovers. Adjust the amount of food you're going to cook by thinking about the menu and the consistency of the recipe (for example, does the menu have one or more dishes, is it a ?light? or ?heavier? dish, etc.); the context in which the meal is going to be eaten (for example, if it's a routine meal or a celebration); and the number and type of people you're going to have at the table (for example, how many adults, children, elderly people, etc.).
- Getting the most out of your food. Use preparation and cooking techniques that make full use of the edible part of the food.
- Learn how to use leftovers. When you can't avoid leftovers, find out how and for how long you can preserve them and prioritize their consumption. Look for recipes for creatively transforming leftovers so that they appeal to the whole family.
BY ?MARIA NUTRICAS?