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