Food waste is a huge problem among families.
Not only are you throwing precious food in the trash but you are effectively throwing away your money, too. With grocery prices at an all time high it just makes sense to stretch your food dollar by not wasting food. I don’t know about you, but it makes me furious when I’ve forgotten about a veggie that I bought and it has gone way past it’s prime in the fridge.
Food is wasted for a number of different reasons: it’s forgotten, it’s stored improperly, too much was bought in the first place, or you just don’t know what to do with it.
This month I’m challenging you to tackle food waste. I will of course be along for the ride, and our first step is to identify what the food waste problem is in your family. Every family will have different issues with food waste so it will be our first step to find out what they are!
Monitor your food waste.
Make yourself aware of how much food is being tossed or wasted everyday. Some questions to ask yourself about food that is wasted:
Did you purchase it or was it a gift/free with purchase?
How much is being thrown away – do you buy too much?
Are you always throwing away a specific item – fruits, leftovers, cheese, etc?
In my house we are usually really good about not wasting food that has already been prepared (leftovers) but we sometimes forget about vegetables that get lost in the Bermuda triangle crisper drawer.
I encourage you to keep a note in your phone or on your fridge of the food that you noticed was wasted this week. Identifying and being mindful of the problem is the first step to finding a solution.
Watch out for restaurant food waste.
Restaurants are notorious for creating oodles and oodles of food waste. Think about how much food you really need when you are out to eat. Some questions to ask yourself:
Can you take home the uneaten portion instead of leaving it to be thrown away?
Can you share a meal with someone to minimize potential waste?
Do you really need to keep refilling your ‘unlimited’ pop/water only to leave a full glass when you go home – the stuff that’s not being consumed is still wasted.
Being mindful of the food waste that is happening around you is the first step to minimize it.This week I challenge you to be more aware of the food waste occurring around you and maybe think about some of the ways it would be realistic for you and your family to create less waste.
Let’s chat! – Is food waste a problem in your family? Where do you create the most food waste?