Torontonians are wasting a lot more food than we realize. The average household in Toronto throws out 209 kilograms (over 460 pounds) of food per year. While some food waste such as scraps, bones and peels is unavoidable, the majority of our food waste is perfectly edible leftovers and untouched food. That’s a lot of good food going to waste! It’s also a huge waste of money. Follow these simple steps to help reduce food waste.
PLAN IT OUT
Spend some time on the weekend planning meals for the following week. Check your fridge and freezer before shopping. Purchase staples such as whole grains, herbs, sauces and frozen vegetables and use them to create meals out of leftovers.
KEEP IT FRESH
Keep food fresh longer by storing it in the correct place and setting the temperature in your fridge to four degrees Celsius or lower. Put drinks and ready-to-eat foods such as berries on the top shelf and raw meats on the bottom shelf. Learn the shelf life of different foods and freeze items to make them last longer. For example, bread can last up to three months in the freezer, chicken can last up to nine months and most vegetables can be frozen for eight months to a year.
USE IT UP
Are your vegetables wilting? Try putting wilted celery, lettuce, broccoli and carrots in a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes.
Vegetables and fruits past their prime are not only great in smoothies, they also taste great in baked, stir-fried and grilled dishes. Any food scraps should be placed in the Green Bin to help divert more waste from landfill.
Making these simple changes can save you money and reduce food waste. Learn more tips and find tasty recipes at www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca.