If you’re like most of us, you’ll do a food shop and mentally plan out what you’re going to do with the products that you’ve purchased. However, it doesn’t always work out that way, and more often than not, there are some food items that go to waste. Over time, this can mount up to a lot of money that you’re simply throwing in the bin. So how can you prevent this from happening as much as possible? Check out these tips on how you can save yourself a considerable amount of money and also have more to eat!
Pre plan meals and stick to it
While you may have some sort of idea of the meals you’re going to cook, it’s easy to go in a different direction with your meals. Prepping meals when you’ve bought your food will encourage you to eat it rather than leave it for another day. Another bonus of pre making meals is that often you’ll be able to pop them in the freezer if you don’t think you’ll use it before the food goes off. Set aside some time to prepare some meals so that your food doesn’t go to waste!
Preserve your food
As you’re already aware, fresh foods often have a short ‘shelf life’, which means that they need to be eaten quickly. However, it’s understandable that you don’t want to do this all of the time. For these occasions, consider using the technique of sous vide on your food so that you can make it last much longer. Whether it’s pickling or freezing, you can easily make your fresh food last! There are many tools that you can buy which will make your life easier, and also save you money on wastage!
Make a note of the dates on your food
One of the fastest foods to go off is salad. Lettuce leaves turn a funny colour, and tomatoes will often go soft. It’s important to use these up first before you end up having to throw them away. However, when you lead a busy lifestyle, it’s easy to forget that you’ve got them lying around. To solve this problem, why not buy yourself a small whiteboard for your kitchen to make a note of the dates on your food so that you’re less likely to forget? You’ll find that you’ve got much less food wastage using this technique
Opt for frozen foods
Finally, one of the best ways to ensure that you’ve got less wastage than ever, is by choosing to buy frozen food rather than fresh. You can now buy freshly frozen food such as fruit and vegetables, so that you can simply defrost what you need. Frozen food has a much longer shelf life, often of up to a year! Definitely a brilliant way of preventing any food wastage!