With prices going up, it’s extra important that we don’t waste food. Here are four ways you can cut back on waste in the kitchen.
Schedule a regular pantry purge. No matter how big or small your kitchen is, you likely have a few dark corners of your pantry where items get pushed to the back and forgotten about. It’s a good idea to regularly sort through your cupboards to see what you have on hand.
When you do stock up on pantry staples, make sure you move anything you already have on the shelves to the front, so you use up those items first.
Whip up a pot pourri meal. Not sure what to make for lunch or dinner? Before you head out to the store, take a look in the fridge to see what you already have. Maybe you can make a veggie stir fry with those loose carrots, celery stems and lonely zucchini. Or chop up that leftover chicken breast into a chicken salad sandwich or use it as a topping for a pita pizza.
Looking for more ideas? There are websites and apps where you can enter the names of ingredients you already have and get recommendations for recipes to make.
Pack or freeze leftovers. Making big batches of food is a great way to save money, particularly if you buy large-sized packages of food for bulk-rate savings. Eat up what you can over the next day or two for lunches or an easy, heat-and-eat dinner. Whatever’s left after that, freeze in individual containers for a quick homemade meal instead of making something new.
Understand food labels. Many people mistakenly believe that a best before date on a food package means that they should throw it out after that date has passed. Unlike an expiry date, which does mean you shouldn’t consume food after that day, best before dates refer to a product’s ideal freshness period. But, if stored properly, most food is perfectly edible beyond the best before date on the label.
In fact, you might be able get some deals at the store by buying products that are approaching their best before dates. There are also apps where retailers and restaurants sell off products that are about to hit their best before date for a steep discount. You can learn more at inspection.canada.ca.
— News Canada
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