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Nine ways to avoid food wastage in kitchen -The Asian Age


1. The art of reducing food wastage

Throwing away food is like stealing from the plate of those who are hungry and poor. So, we are always asked not to throw away food and utilize every bit of it. In case, you fail to do so, here is a list of easy ways that can help you learn the art of reducing food wastage.

2. Store food correctly

Never store veggies in humid condition. This is just an example that might help you understand that every food item is meant to be stored in a particular way. In case you don't know, ask your mom or grandmom, and they will guide you.

3. Learn to use leftover

In case you are not a leftover eater, then cook according to your needs. And if you love exploring leftovers, then start surfing dishes that can be made with leftovers.

4. Learn the art of using

If you have been peeling the skin from cucumbers, potatoes, and carrot, let us tell you that they have more nutrients than the pulp. So, next time when you think of cooking, make sure that you wash them nicely and reduce the wastage by using every part of fruits and veggies.

5. Understand the label lingo

If you don't know, the printed dates of food expiration are not always about food safety. They are basically an alert sign to remind you about the peak quality of food. 

According to food experts, if stored properly (keeping their structural needs in mind) many of the food items last little longer. In simple words, if the food smells, looks and tastes good-have it!

6. Learn the art of FIFO

FIFO refers to the psychology of out of sight is out of mind. The acronym FIFO - first in, first out - is a sort of practice that helps you observe the fridge and kitchen cupboard and use the unpacked groceries and veggies that are lying for long.

7. Maintain a waste log sheet

It is always good to observe your own activities, as they help you learn a lot. The same rule applies to waste management in the kitchen. Start maintaining a log sheet where you can analyze what all you are throwing. 

This will help you either look for an alternative or reduce the quantity to minimize wastage. If neither of the above-mentioned options applies, then you can also start playing around those items and you never know something tasteful turns up.

8. Start using fridge

Yes, you heard it right. The refrigerator is not just for keeping food items cold and fresh. It is also a machine that helps protect the surplus food from going stale. So, start using it.

9. Plan your weekly grocery

It is always advisable to shop sensibly. The major wastage happens because of fruits and veggies. An ideal way of reducing the wastage is through planning a weekly grocery list and shop accordingly. The first step in this direction calls for cross-checking your fridge kitchen cupboard.

10. The magic of smoothie

At times, we throw away the fruits and veggies because they don't look pristine. If you don't know such pieces can actually be used to make nutritious smoothie, soups or you can also use them in desserts like custard.