Plan your weekly meals
If you like doing a weekly shop, but tend to overbuy and throw away a lot of food, why not try a weekly meal plan for a while, and shop accordingly - leaving out all the ‘extras’ that might end up in the bin.
Buy as much organic as you can afford
Organic farming is better for the environment. Although higher prices of organic food do pose a barrier for many, buying as much organic food as you can afford helps both you and the planet.
Freeze your food scraps
When you’re prepping a meal, save your vegetable peels and scraps and freeze them. Next time you make soup or stew, use the frozen veggie scraps to make a delicious stock.
Make veggie soup
Use up the vegetables in your fridge to make soup. Slowly sauté chopped vegetables, add water, and simmer until the veggies are tender. Use the blender to create a creamier texture.
Use your blender or food processor to turn stale bread into bread crumbs and freeze them. Or, tear and add to your soup a few minutes before serving, making the soup deliciously creamy. If you prefer a crispier effect, use stale bread to make yummie garlicky croutons for your soup or salad.
Are your bananas going brown? Berries going soggy in the fridge? Peel and chop the bananas and freeze them. Then use them in smoothies or banana bread when you’re ready. Same for berries. By the way rozen grapes make delicious treats.
Pair up cheese and beeswax wraps
The two go perfectly together! Wrap your block of cheese in a beeswax wrap and place it in an airtight container in the fridge. It’ll last as long as you need.
Use bagged salad sparingly
Pre-packed salad leaves are easy to bruise and go mushy! Avoid the plastic packaging and buy whole lettuces, which stay fresher longer and are more robust in your fridge. If you buy bagged salad, use it the same day. Any left overs in the bag? Add those to soup the next day.
Grow your own
Add a smidgeon of pride to your home cooked meals by growing your own herbs. You won’t need a lot of space - a large pot on the balcony or anywhere near you kitchen is quite sufficient
Buy in season
Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season. You’ll always eat the freshest, tastiest, healthiest fresh produce and avoid the cost (to your wallet and the planet) of long haul transport.
Ditch plastic bags
Are you still bringing home your bananas and apples in plastic bags? Just consider how much single use plastic you can avoid by using your own (reusable) produce bags - or not using bags at all.