STAY FRESH: HOW YOU CAN RE­DUCE YOUR FOOD WASTE AT HOME

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1 Plan your gro­cery shop­ping. Make a list of all that you’ll need un­til your next visit and stick to the list. Im­pul­sive buy­ing can lead to waste. Also, keep in mind that most su­per­mar­kets are open on all seven days of the week and have ef­fi­cient home de­liv­ery sys­tems, so there is re­ally no need for panic buy­ing. 2 Buy in smaller por­tions; this will avoid wastage and food is fresher when you con­sume it. 3 Fol­low stor­age in­struc­tions on the pack­age and if there is any con­fu­sion, check with the su­per­mar­ket staff. 4 Use smart ways to pre­serve food for longer. For in­stance, if fruits and veg­eta­bles are wrapped in cling film, they re­main fresh for longer. 5 Don’t shop when you are hun­gry. Ryan In­gram of Ter­raLoop says that ac­cord­ing to re­search, peo­ple tend to shop for more than they need when they are hun­gry. ‘It is one of the key rea­sons for high food waste dur­ing Ra­madan,’ he adds. 6 Love your left­overs. There are many web­sites that of­fer tips and recipes on how to store and use left­overs to cre­ate new dishes. 7 Plan your meals in such a way that foods with short ex­piry are used first. 8 While stack­ing fruits and veg­eta­bles in the re­frig­er­a­tor, en­sure those such as toma­toes, herbs and green leafy veg­eta­bles are not kept at the bot­tom as they will get spoiled more quickly by the weight of other items kept on top of them. 9 Ac­cord­ing to a Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity guide­line, any take­away food that is sold as hot food should ei­ther be con­sumed within two hours af­ter be­ing bought or re­frig­er­ated within that time. 10 Fol­low de­frost­ing in­struc­tions on pack­ag­ing of frozen foods. Any de­vi­a­tion could com­pro­mise its qual­ity, lead­ing to waste.

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