Useful guides: a handbook against waste in the kitchen


Useful guides: a handbook against waste in the kitchen

Fighting food waste is now fundamental: we invite you to use this handbook to introduce other good habits into your lifestyle.

February 5 was the world day against food waste and for some time now we have been talking about fighting waste in the kitchen and how to implement a more sustainable lifestyle . But what are the 10 things that can really help us go in this direction? Here is our decalogue .

 

  1. Conscious shopping . The first step is, of course, to make a conscious shopping: buying only what is necessary or preparing portions to be frozen for the future can be a good way to start. Also avoiding purchasing products with overly polluting packaging or avoiding packaged products altogether can help us reduce waste both in terms of food and waste. 
  2. Make a meal plan for the week Especially when you have to organize the life of a family, it would be better to prepare a meal plan for the week, so as to buy only what is necessary and avoid finding useless products in the fridge that will surely end up in the fridge. garbage. 
  3. Use doggy bags . When we go to the restaurant it would be good to take away what we don’t eat with simple doggy bags. Many restaurants now provide bags with leftovers to take away after lunch or dinner.
  4. Choose sustainable packaging . From organic cottonsheets, treated with beeswax and oil, to leaves or recycled glass jars, alternatives to plastic and paper for packaging products are now everywhere. It will therefore not be difficult to find your method to cut the consumption of polluting material. 
  5. Rediscover the art of the schiscetta and enhance the leftovers . When preparing more food than you should at home, our advice is not to throw it away but to use it instead to prepare gourmet lunches to take to the office the next day. 
  6. Buy the imperfect fruit and vegetables . One of the most sustainable actions to do is to buy ugly fruit : the fruit you find in supermarkets is the most beautiful, with no visible bruises or problems, but this does not mean that the less perfect fruit and vegetables are bad. There are now many services, especially online, which provide (even comfortably at home) fruit and vegetables discarded by supermarkets because they do not correspond to the standards. 
  7. Take advantage of Too Good To Go and similar apps . Using apps like Too Good To Go, which allow you to buy unsold products in restaurants, bakeries or supermarkets, is a good way to start a virtuous anti-waste cycle. Just download the app, choose the place you want to pick up from and go get your package of delicacies. 
  8. Practice composting . Do you have a garden or a terrace? Unused foods can easily be used as compost. Compost is a natural fertilizer that can be prepared using anything that is biodegradable. On Amazon there are many kits to start this composting adventure, the only attention you have to do is to keep the bucket in an open environment because obviously it tends to stink. 
  9. Use the food bank . In England, giving away food that is not used is already a reality regulated by an app, while in Italy we can share what we don’t use in the pantry or in the fridge to relatives, friends or at the Food Bank, which accepts canned goods and more even close to its date. expiration. A good rule, however, would be to pay attention to what you buy and the expiration date to avoid waste. 
  10. Reduce the consumption of disposable products . In this way, even in the kitchen, you can avoid creating a large amount of waste: do you need to prepare a lasagna or a cake? Better to cook them in a reusable pan and avoid the aluminum ones, so you don’t have to throw anything away after preparing it. Greaseproof paper can also be avoided, for example, by greasing or oiling trays and pans before using them, or by using silicone replacement products. 

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