6. Avoid buying food that you tend to spoil
After cleaning the fridge, you should have a good idea of the foods that you spoil most often. Ask yourself why you didn’t consume them: were they hidden? You don’t like to eat them? Or can you store them more efficiently to last longer?
7. Make a broth with the peels and stalks of vegetables
We have a habit of peeling everything. Did you know that the peels and stems are the most nutritious parts of many plants (Storck et al., 2013)? Wash the peels and stalks well and store them in a bag or container in the freezer. When you have enough, make a rich vegetable broth to add to soups or sauces.
8. Eat unpeeled food
Another option is to consume the food with the peel. Wash well under running water and for hard-skinned fruits or vegetables, scrub well with a food brush (CDC, 2020). If you can, choose organic fruits and vegetables to avoid consuming pesticide residues in the peels.
9. Buy “ugly" fruit and vegetables
Choose to buy fruit and vegetables with spots, blemishes, or strange shapes. You can become a member of the Fruta Feia project and receive a basket every week for less than € 5. This way, you support local farmers and help save products that, for purely aesthetic reasons, would go to waste.
10. Ignores “Consume preferably before”
“Best before" is not the same as the expiry date. It is an indication of the optimal quality assurance of the product up to that date. Often, the food is still perfectly good to be consumed after the date indicated on the packaging.
The Good After online store has a catalog of discounted products near the end of the “Best before” period.
11. Prep vegetables and fruits
If you have vegetables and fruits ready to eat or to add to recipes, you are less likely to let them spoil. Choose a day or two of the week to prep vegetables and fruits. Some ideas:
. Wash and cut some vegetables for salads or as a hummus dip;
. Cut apple into slices and store them in the refrigerator to eat with peanut butter;
. Blanch broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, and carrots and freeze them. You can sautée them;
. Cook potatoes (keep the peels!);
. Cut onion, leek and carrot into small pieces and braise them when you need.
12. Make potato peel chips
This is a simple and delicious recipe that you can try to start reducing your kitchen waste.
Potato Peel Chips Recipe
Powdered sweet pepper
Other spices to your liking
. Wash the potatoes well. You can use a brush reserved for food only. Peel the potatoes in thin strips.
. Place the peels on a clean cloth with the inside facing up and let the excess moisture dry.
. Transfer the peels to a bowl and season them with salt, powdered sweet pepper or other spices to your liking. Add a drizzle of olive oil and wrap the peels in the seasonings.
. Heat a frying pan and add the peels when it is hot. Fry them until they are slightly golden and crispy.
. Put it in a serving bowl and eat while they’re warm!