Food: Too Good to Waste!
In Canada, 47% of food is wasted at home? Value Chain Management International Inc., The Cost of Canada’s Annual Food Waste 2014
— uneaten leftovers, untouched fruits and vegetables, food that’s “bought and forgot.”
YOU can stop food waste at home!
Leftovers save time and allow us to continue eating healthy foods. When you plan and prepare a nutritious dinner, why waste what’s left?
Tips to Manage Leftovers
How to Cook With Leftovers
Turn your leftovers into a new dish!
DID YOU KNOW?
Peterborough County waste audits show that roughly 49% of food related organics thrown away could have been eaten, but wasn’t. Better portioning and having a plan for leftovers can help reduce this waste.
Start with a simple meal plan. Make a grocery list. Don’t plan every meal for every day.
Are you ever scrambling to make a meal at the last minute, scouring the cupboards and fridge for ideas, while your family wonders, “What’s for dinner?”
You’re not alone. That kind of haste usually produces less-than-nutritious meals and a lot of stress.
A weekly meal plan makes mealtime easier!
Tips for Meal Planning
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Make a grocery list!
A list ensures you have just what you need, and you save time and money. By sticking to a list, you’ll spend less on impulse purchases, which are often less healthy.
DID YOU KNOW?
For every six bags of groceries we buy, on average, one bag gets thrown away untouched. Meal planning can help reduce this waste.
Proper food storage will save you wasted money
Do you feel frustrated when vegetables wilt in the fridge? Or wasteful when you have to throw out an almost-full tub of cottage cheese or yogurt?
Proper storage and understanding best before dates helps stop spoilage and wastefulness.
Tips for Storing Food Properly
The Truth About Best Before Dates
Best before dates tell us when our food turns bad, right? NOT TRUE.
Best-before dates are not indicators of food safety, neither before nor after the date. You can buy and eat foods after the best-before date has passed, they just might not taste their best. Before the date, your food’s taste and nutrient content claimed on the label will be at its best.
Best before dates only apply to unopened foods. Once opened, perishable foods that can spoil easily, such as milk, cheese should be eaten soon. When perishable foods are not kept at their proper temperature, the best before date is no longer accurate.
Unopened, non-perishable foods, like crackers, canned goods and cereal can be eaten up to one year after their best before date.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Best-before dates are linked to huge amounts of Canadian food waste! Dates refer to food quality, not safety. Many products that carry the dates don’t even need them! Storing food properly and knowing what best before dates mean can help reduce this waste and save you money.
Good food makes a big difference!
When you plan, shop for, and prepare meals with nutritious ingredients, you reduce the number of quick-serve meals, frozen dinners and take-out your family consumes. You’ll also help your family get more of the good stuff (vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein and healthy fats) and less of the bad stuff (fried foods, added sugar and salt).
Good food brings families together. With a little more planning, having the ingredients you need on hand and using leftovers, eating together many times a week helps make families stronger.
Include your kids in meal planning and preparation. It teaches them important life skills and makes them feel part of the process.
When we’re busy, we tend to buy more on impulse. Quick-serve and frozen meals are designed for that very impulse, but they cost more and are less healthy.
Stick to a shopping list based on a meal plan each week.
You’ll be amazed at your savings, and the good food you can prepare (faster than you might think).
Less Waste: Spoiled food can cost you a bundle
Approximately $1,500 per household per year is spent on food we buy then throw out!
The solution: meal planning and proper food storage.
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Content adapted with permission from York Region