It’s no secret that a lot of food goes to waste in Australia per year – approximately 8 to 10 billion dollars per year according to food rescue service OzHarvest. But where are Australians currently wasting their food and what we done about it?
The top foods Australians admitted to wasting are fruit and vegetables (24%); bread (18%); and milk and other dairy products (8%).
Here are some simple tips from OzHarvest on how to minimise food waste and save money in your home:
1. Planning and writing out meals is crucial
Couldn’t agree with this more – see tips for meal-prep and planning right here. But it is recommended that consumers double-check their refrigerators before they leave for the store so that they only purchase exactly what they need.
2. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables only as you need them
They are the most wasted foods, so don’t overdo it. Try to buy the right amount for their serving sizes or plan to reuse them in another meal later in the week.
3. Use the appropriate parts of your fridge
Place fruits and vegetables in the crisper to keep them fresh; place meats in the coolest part of your fridge (usually the bottom shelf); keep milk inside on a shelf, rather than in the door to avoid temperature fluctuation.
With locations across Australia, OzHarvest collects surplus food from all types of food providers and delivers meals, direct and free of charge, to 700 charities providing much needed assistance to vulnerable men, women and children. God love them. Get behind their movement by asking your favourite grocers and restaurants to get involved.