Written by Julia Rossi and Kate Wengier
We are all guilty of forgetting about those veggies at the bottom of the fridge or the fruit that got a bit squishy in the fruit bowl. You might not even think twice about tossing them in the bin (and rightly so if it’s smelly and mushy). But most of the time those sad looking fruits and veg can be saved!
Did you know that in Australia, the average household produces 345 kg of food wastage every year? That equates to $1036, which could easily be saved with a bit of extra thought. What could you and your family do with that extra money?
33% of the food in our household bins is fresh foods, including fruits and vegetables, and 27% is our food leftovers. We want to help you combat food waste in your own home so here are some tips and tricks from the team.
Most vegetables have more than one edible part of the plant, like roots, leaves, tips and shoots.
Usually you can tell when your fruit is starting to take a turn for the worst. For some really quick and easy saves:
A bit of heat treatment is all those forgotten vegetables need to be the stars of the show again. An easy way to save them is to:
Make a shopping list and stick to it. The best way to reduce wastage is to reduce the amount of foods that could go to waste. Don’t forget that frozen fruit and vegetables are a great option too, packed full of nutrition, already cut up and you can use as much or as little as you like! Meal planning (https://www.foost.com.au/category/blog/meal-planning/) can also help reduce wastage.
For more information on Australia’s food wastage, head to http://www.foodwise.com.au/foodwaste/food-waste-fast-facts/
Do you have any tips for reducing food wastage?