5 ways you can reduce your food waste

An image of a chef cutting up some healthy food

One of my ultimate pet peeves is wasting food! So, if you hate it as much as I do, take a look at my following tips to reduce wastage in your kitchen.

  1. USE THE WHOLE FOOD. If you are using broccoli or cauliflower, there is no need to throw out the stalks – cut it up and add it to your food. You can roast the stalks too and they are delicious. When having leeks, don’t only use the white part – keep the leaves to make your own broth!
  2. NO NEED TO PEEL. Wash your carrots and potatoes, but there is no need to peel off the outside. The skin actually has great benefits including vitamins, minerals and fibre. So, think twice before peeling your veggies.
  3. KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE. Every day or two, take a look what is in your fridge (look everywhere, even the back little corners). Knowing what you have will help you better plan your meals. For example, you may have a bunch of spinach that is about to go off, so you decide to make a spinach and chickpea curry. Or, you may have some fruit in the back – make yourself a smoothie in the morning. Always use what you have first!
  4. MAKE USE OF THE FREEZER. If you made too much food and wont be able to finish it, freeze it and have it at a later point in time.
  5. KEEP A JAR OF CHOPPED VEG. Chop up all your veg you need for your meal, and more – keep some in a jar in the fridge and use it in your meal tomorrow.

These tips will not only help to not waste food but also up your veg intake.