Every time I think about food waste, I think about my college days when the mould would beat me to the expiration date. The horror stories that accompany expired food is something that every broke college student understands from the depth of their soul. Not that adulting brings that much of a difference to my college days, but saving food even after its deemed unfit for consumption has become an idea worth considering.
Habits can also affect the way you consume food, so it might be handy to make a few changes to your daily routine. The simplest approach to prevent food waste is to make sure you don’t buy excess. Take note of your food purchases and keep a list. Another important habit is to make the habit of storing different food in different ways.
Certain fruits or vegetables don’t need to be stored in the fridge, and some pantry items need to be kept in a cool dark place. For better preservation, meats should be placed at the top of the fridge (or freezer) and the vegetables in the bottom compartments. One thing my sister does is that she freezes vegetables and zip-locks them in the freezer. It’s a nightmare to thaw and eat frozen peppers, but it works well when you’re working 12 hours a day. This method will allow veggies to remain in perfect condition for months! Additionally, you can take the following approach for certain foods.
When bananas get extra mushy it’s not a treat to consume them. But you could freeze the banana overnight and blend it to make ice cream! Switch it up with some peanut butter or chocolate chips to add dimensions to your ice cream. You could always turn it into milkshake, smoothie or if you’re willing to go the extra mile, make it into banana bread!
If you’re finicky about crusts and you ignore bread in your pantry, you can always bake it on a low setting until it’s dry and brittle. Make it into crumbs and use that with your salads! Alternatively, stale bread is great for French toast.
Habits can also affect the way you consume food, so it might be handy to make a few changes to your daily routine
Bengalis are known not to waste bhaat, but in the rare cases that you do have leftover rice and you’re not a fan of panta bhaat, try making rice pudding with milk by simmering in a pot. Top it off with honey or sugar, or add some cinnamon or cocoa powder to make it fancy! Summer’s going to bring in a lot of fruits, so this would be an idea time to top it off with some delicious mangoes! This can be stored in the fridge for about two to three days.
If you’re like me, you probably forget that you have a carton of milk in the fridge. Till a mother figure calls you out for your negligence, it might as well have been too late for the milk to live till its expiration date. While my favourite way to recover from this is by making some curdled milk by boiling it, there are many ways of using sour milk! Simply put the milk in pancake mix or in baked goods for a better texture!
Food stored in salt and acidic liquid, such as vinegar or brine, will last longer than its due date. Pickle any surplus fruits and vegetables you have before waiting for them to turn bad! Pickled vegetables are a thing of beauty – if I can hook my best friend on to it, so can you! (Not mine, but yours. Obvio!)
Whether you’re trying to impress that guy/lady you’d like to date, or finding it hard to feed yourself and get groceries on a regular basis, I am sure you can find at least one tip from this article that you could apply towards your food consumption choices!