Ways to prevent food wastage in homes

Food wastage is mostly happens unintentionally, when someone waste food, it affects them financially and it affects the environment. Food wastage is a more serious issue than anyone realize, and according to studies, one-third of food produced yearly are wasted. How to do avoid food wastage, read below.

Food is any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment. It's no doubt that it's very essential for survival. As precious as food may seem, many still fall victim to food wastage which can be a result of overstocking, poor storage, spoilage, and lack of preservation.

One billion tons of food are wasted yearly, and 45 trillion waters used for agriculture are lost through food wastage annually. Individuals are economically and biologically affected; waste food releases methane - a greenhouse that worsens climate change. In order to save money, time, and the environment, one needs to prevent food wastage by following the steps below.


1. Plan before shopping.

One major cause of food wastage is spending more on needless groceries. Avoid buying too much, no matter the abundance or cheapness of a food item. Most people love to stockpile their homes with food items that get cost when they are out of season. This may result in wastage, as many won't be utilized before they go bad. When next you're shopping, try to make a list of food items you need.


2. Suitable preservation methods.

Perishable food items will decay rapidly if not properly preserve. Moreover, it's crucial to know the best and available method to preserve food, It's not advisable to keep some certain food items in the refrigerator in areas with unstable power supply. Rather than refrigerating a fish, it's better to smoke it or deep-fry it, this will reduce the water content and prevent decomposition due to the presence of fluid.


3. Recook leftovers.

Rather than reheating leftovers, recooking it makes it more appealing to consume. Some people don't mind eating the same food for days, while others get tired of a certain food, but they can't get anything else to eat. Such people consume a low amount of the same food, and they don't touch the leftover again. For example; leftover white rice can be transformed into jollof rice by recooking. Boiled corn can be added to a leftover bean and recooked to make another variety of beans meal.


4. Sustainable portion size.

Cut your cloth according to your coat. Eat what's enough for you, and there won't be any leftovers. Hunger can be tricky sometimes by making you feel you can eat more, but all you needed is lesser than you think. Most people think they are hungry but in reality, all they needed was water. Every so often, our body can mistake thirst for hunger, making one needlessly crave for food.


5. Knowledge about food labeling.

Always know the difference between “Best before”, “expiry date”, and “Use by date”. “Expiry date,” tells the consumer the last day a product is safe to consume. “Best before date,” tells you that the food will no longer be in its perfect shape from that date- this does not mean that you can't still use it. A “Use by date” however is a date marked on the perishable product, especially foodstuffs, indicating the recommended date that it should be used or consumed. 

These stated above are mostly label as expiry dates and most people believe that once it clocks the expiry date, it’s useless. No, it can still be of use as long as It's not physically affected.


6. Sharing.

Rather than throwing away that precious food, or the food item that's about to spoil, why not give it out to those who need it more. When you stockpile foods, and it seems like they are going to rot soon, it's advisable to give it out rather than polluting the atmosphere with methane produced from rotten foods, that way you're helping both the individual and the environment. Throwing away food is like purloin from the table of those who are needy and starving.


Remember: Cutting food wastage is a delicious way of saving money, helping to feed the world, and protecting the planet.