5 tips to reduce food waste at home

Up to one third of food is wasted each year; it’s a shocking statistic! Not only is the food wasted, but resources like water and crop land used to grow those crops are lost as well.

While causes of food waste vary throughout the world, in North America the majority of food waste happens at the retail, foodservice and consumer levels. Luckily, governments are taking note and setting food waste reduction goals, and innovative technologies, from apps to our own Arctic® apples are helping cut down on what ends up in landfills. Okanagan Specialty Fruits® is proud to be part of the food waste solution, so we gathered some of our favorite at home food waste reduction tips from the internet and our own homes to share with you.

  1. Plan Ahead: Taking the time to meal plan means you buy what you need. Take stock of what you already have on hand to help build your menu and avoid buying doubles of anything.
  2. Do a big chop: I like to chop up most of my vegetables and fruit ahead of time. By chopping everything up ahead of time, I remove barriers to using the produce I buy, making it easier to use it all. Any scraps go into the compost and become fertilizer for my garden.
  3. Track and ID left overs: At home Jeremy Johnson, our lab coordinator, is big on leftovers. Leftovers get marked with the date they go in the fridge to save him from having to guess how old they are, and become Jeremy’s lunch for the next few days.
  4. Keep an eye on it: Put a list of food that should be used soon on the fridge so you know what is available.
  5. Make it work: Nothing uses up perishables like a ‘kitchen sink’ recipe. Jennifer Armen, Director of Business Development & Marketing, relies on a good quiche to clean out whatever is left in the fridge!

The best part of these tips is that they not only help reduce food waste, they help you save money and eat healthier too! Check out our Food Waste Facts Pinterest Board for more information and ideas that can work in your home. What are your favorite ways to reduce food waste?

 

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About Jessica Brady

Jessica hails from the prairie region of Canada and is excited to be working as Manager, Industry Relations & Education for a company that combines two of her favorite things: agriculture and innovation.