Don't let your food go to waste!
How Food Wise are you?
I’m sure you’d agree we all love our food! What we’re not so keen on is seeing way too much food going to waste.
As well as the lost nutrition, the vast amount of resources that go into the growing, processing, packaging and transportation of that food are also going to waste.
Campbelltown Council has partnered with "Do Something! FoodWise" to help our Community minimise the amount of food wasted in our homes.
Did you know the average Australian household wastes over $1000 worth of food every year – that translates into more than 4,000,000 tonnes of food across the country!
‘FoodWise’ is DoSomething’s national campaign to reduce the environmental impact of Australia’s food consumption. We want Australians to become more educated and informed about the food that they eat. In short we want Australians to become FoodWise.
Visit the Do Something! FoodWise web site to find recipes for using up all those left over ingredients rather than throwing them away.
For more tips on how to reduce the amount of food being thrown away go here.
Did you know:
But not only does food waste affect your hip pocket all that wasted food creates far reaching impacts on our natural resources.
1. Write a list!
Menu plan your meals for a week. Check the ingredients in your fridge and cupboards, then write a shopping list for just the extras you need.
2. Stick to the list!
Take your list with you and stick to it when you're in the store. Don't be tempted by offers and don't shop when you're hungry — you'll come back with more than you need.
3. Keep a healthy fridge.
Check that the seals on your fridge are good and check the fridge temperature too. Food needs to be stored between 1 and 5 degrees Celsius for maximum freshness and longevity.
4. Don't throw it away!
Fruit that is just going soft can be made into smoothies or fruit pies. Vegetables that are starting to wilt can be made into soup.
5. Use up your leftovers.
Instead of scraping leftovers into the bin, why not use them for tomorrow's ingredients? A bit of tuna could be added to pasta and made into a pasta bake. A tablespoon of cooked vegetables can be the base for a crock pot meal.
When you buy new food from the store, bring all the older items in your cupboards and fridge to the front. Put the new food towards the back and you run less risk of finding something moldy at the back of your food stores!
7. Serve small amounts.
Serve small amounts of food with the understanding that everybody can come back for more once they've cleared their plate. This is especially helpful for children, who rarely estimate how much they can eat at once. Any leftovers can be cooled, stored in the fridge and used another day.
8. Buy what you need.
Buy loose fruits and vegetables instead of prepacked, then you can buy exactly the amount you need. Choose meats and cheese from a deli so that you can buy what you want.
If you only eat a small amount of bread, then freeze it when you get home and take out a few slices a couple of hours before you need them. Likewise, batch cook foods so that you have meals ready for those evenings when you are too tired to cook.
10. Turn it into garden food.
Some food waste is unavoidable, so why not set up a compost bin for fruit and vegetable peelings? In a few months you will end up with rich, valuable compost for your plants. Some ingredients shouldn't go in your compost such as meat, fish and dairy. One option for recycling these scraps is to put them in your green bin. They can be wrapped in newspaper or you can register for a Food Scrap Basket today. This is a small basket that can sit on your bench or under the sink, lined with a compostable bag that can be dropped straight into your green bin to be composted at a commercial facility. For more information visit www.campbelltown.sa.gov.au/foodwaste.
To help with using up all the ingredients you have available visit the FoodWise website for some great recipe ideas!