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You’ll eat better and keep more money in your wallet, thanks to these smart strategies
The greens went brown before you could use them… again. Sound familiar? You’re not alone; in South Africa, a third of our food – that’s a whopping 10-million tons – goes to waste every year. Use these tips to stop food from going bad. 1 MAKE A MOVE Keep foods that spoil relatively fast, such as dairy products or soft fruit, in the front of your fridge or on the counter so you are more likely to grab them. If there are cans of unexpired food in your cupboard that you know you won’t use in time, donate them to a local charity.
2 THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
If a recipe calls for spinach but you have kale in the fridge, make the swap. You can also substitute pears for apples in a fruit crumble, leftover fish for chicken or beef in tacos, and fresh origanum for basil or thyme in a sauce. You get the idea – recipes are not set in stone!
3 BE A GROCERYSTORE REGULAR
It sounds counterintuitive to shop more often, but by making frequent trips to the supermarket you can buy smaller quantities and prevent spoilage. If you don’t want to add another errand to your to-do list, consider ordering online.
4 GIVE LEFTOVERS NEW LIFE
As tempting as it may be to dump leftovers on night two or three, challenge yourself to get creative. Use extra meatballs and sauce to make personal pizzas with veggies. Toss leftover rice and pasta into soup. Add veggie scraps when making chicken stock – or throw all your produce odds and ends together for a stir-fry.
5 MULTITASK YOUR INGREDIENTS
As you plan weekly meals, try to come up with several uses for produce and bulk items. For instance, you can enjoy bell peppers as a snack, stuffed with mince or in an egg-white omelette.