Believe it or not we waste just about enough food per year to feed 1 billion people on a global scale. America in particular wastes just as much as they consume. You definitely would agree with me, because that is a whole lot of money gone down the drain (I'm sure no Nigerian should head in such a direction, especially in these times of recession). However,I'm pretty sure you'd want to save better, and gather all that money for something much more beneficial. If at all, you should like to be known as the guy that saved just enough, contributed to the sustainability of the environment, reduced waste disposal (especially when it comes with that rotten smell). Truth is, if charity (conservation, preservation, cutting excesses) don't begin at home, the environment just has to tolerate, rather than appreciating your kind. Do not keep eating long after you're full and make yourself sick. But, do something about the amount of food that you are wasting!
Process this fact: The amount of food waste produced globally each year is more than enough to feed the nearly 1 billion hungry people in the world. Cutting back on food waste is exceedingly easy and here we are sharing with you the first of two series of 15 simple, easy and applied ways to avoid food waste and enjoy the benefits of that attribute, plus a wallet with more cash inside. These tips are easy to use no matter who you are; so there is no excuse! Put these tips to work, and minimize the amount of food you are wasting before tonight's dinner.
1. Buy Only What You Need: If you prepare meals ahead of time it is easy to reduce the groceries you purchase each week by purchasing only what you need. If you'll use three carrots and eight potatoes, buy this amount!
2. Look at Expiration Dates: It is important to check expiration dates before you purchase a particular food item –and after it as well. Choose products to purchase with the farther expiration dates and keep a close eye on them once you bring those groceries home. Use dates with closer expiration dates first. Make this easier by moving these items to the front of your refrigerator and pantry. This reduces the food being thrown out because it is no longer safe to eat.
3. Eat Leftovers: Rather than toss the leftovers from dinner, wrap them up and put them in the fridge. Leftovers make great lunches for work and if you're a small family, they're just as great for second night meals. You get the benefit of not cooking so there is more time on your hands.
4. Store Foods Carefully: Many foods are wasted because they've become stale or lost their taste because they were not properly stored. Eliminate this woe by ensuring that you have many different containers to seal foods, as well as clips to hold packages together.
5. Is the Fridge Okay? If your refrigerator is not performing at peak performance, it could cause your foods to go bad before they're really ready. Make sure this is not an occurrence in your home.
6. Donate it: If you've accumulated more food than what you can use before it expires, why not donate it to a worthy cause? There are many food banks and other centers in the local area that would appreciate your donation. And, it might be tax deductible.
7. Keep Track of Waste: Every day, write down the foods that you waste in your household; no matter the reason it was waste, make a note of it. At the end of the week, take a look at the amount of food that you are wasting. Maybe even add up the total cost of this wasted food. If this doesn't convince you to straighten up, nothing will.
8. Learn Canning: Learn canning and you can store pickles, cucumbers, tomatoes and more. This extends the lifetime and provides you with greater use for many foods.
9. Take Inventory: Before you go to the supermarket an make a purchase, take a quick inventory of the foods that you already have so not to repeat purchases.
10. Use Powdered Dairy Products: They have a longer shelf life, they taste just as good, and they're a lot cheaper. Where's the 'bad' in this picture?
11. Invite Friends Over For Dinner: If you have a ton of food that needs to be cooked, why not invite friends over for dinner? Feeding someone is better than allowing it to go to waste, and you have a great chance to socialize!
12. Look at Product Sizes: Obviously a household of two will use less than a household of five, so make sure that you purchase according to your needs. Although it might seem like a good deal, if half of it is going to go to waste, is there really any savings?
13. Stop Being so Picky: If you are picky about the foods that you eat, it is going to cost you a lot more at the supermarket, and you'll be spending unnecessary cash.
14. Here Kitty, Kitty: Okay, so may be the kitty isn't the best animal to give the scraps too, but feeding the animals your leftovers is also a good idea that ensures nothing goes to waste.
15. Learn Why You Waste: In addition to keeping lists of the food that you are wasting, also learn why you are wasting them. When you write this list, perhaps include the reason the food was wasted to make this step easier.
Remember for every food you waste, another Nigerian or distant neighbor could have been fed. Save to give.