Food waste is something I've always hated. As a family of four we go through a lot of food here and that means we create an awful lot of food waste too. Not just those things that expire in the fridge before we get to them, but also bread crusts and food scraps from the endless food preparation that goes on from day to day. Here are some simple things we do (and you can too!) to reduce the amount of food that's sent to landfill:
Create a compost heap
If you have a garden of any sort, a compost heap is the thing for you. Not only can it be a home for your leftover food but you can also add green waste and animal manure to it. Not to mention that in no time at all you'll have some lovely compost material to add back to your garden.
Get a Bokashi or indoor compost bucket
If you don't have a compost heap or you produce a lot of food waste you might want to consider an indoor compost bucket. These clever little systems are odour-free and small enough to keep inside a cupboard close to the kitchen. Add your food scraps each day and then add a few sprays of specialised liquid Bokashi (you can also get it in granular form) on top. As you fill the bucket it begins producing a juice which is drained through a tap in the bottom of the bucket. This juice can be used as a fertiliser for the garden. Once the bucket is full you dig a hole and bury it in the garden where it quickly breaks down in the soil. The fermentation process means it doesn't smell much at all. It kinda smells like apple cider vinegar to me! There's a couple of different systems around there days. We have this one, but there's also this one too.
Feed it to your pets
If you have a dog you probably already share some leftovers with them. If not, why not consider keeping chickens or guinea pigs. They love nibbling on your leftovers, you can use their droppings as fertiliser for the garden and chickens have the added benefit of providing eggs too. Not to forget lovely snuggly companionship of course.
Now I don't mean meticulously planning and preparing for each and every meal in matching containers. I mean planning your meals (dinner in particular) so that you only buy what you need. A lot of our food waste comes from simply buying more than we need and then having to throw it out once it's gone off a couple of weeks later. If you can get into the habit of planning out the meals you're going to cook for the week you not only reduce the amount of food waste your produce but you also eliminate dinner-time anxiety. If you need help setting up a meal planning process, you can book a lesson here.
Hope those ideas are helpful. Do you something else to reduce your food waste? I'd love to hear about it too!