Food hacks: how to avoid food waste in the kitchen

On the occasion of the International Day of Awareness on Food Waste and Loss, some tips on how to eat well, organise your groceries and pantry while avoiding waste and optimising your stocks.

International Day of Awareness on Food Waste and Loss

How often does it happen to find old leftovers or expiring products forgotten in a corner of your fridge and larder? Or find yourself not knowing where to start when arranging a last minute meal? Between work commitments and otherwise, the hectic pace of the day leads us to be careless about this, and eating in a balanced way and reducing waste can become difficult.

This is why 29 September has been designated as International Food Waste and Loss Awareness Day. Avoiding waste is definitely an increasingly hot topic for both economic and ethical reasons.

Tricks to avoid food waste

We recommend adopting a few tricks, both in food shopping and in food storage and organisation of the pantry. Because each of us, in our own small way, can do a lot to reduce waste, eat well and optimise stock in the larder, benefiting the environment and your wallet.

1.Making a shopping list and trying smart shopping

It sounds trivial, but it is not! Very often, offers or new products on strategically placed shelves drive us to compulsive buying and the larder and the fridge fill up with food that we do not consume and are likely to expire before we are able to eat it. Plan, always!

One of the main causes of waste in the kitchen is impulsive food buying. Before grocery shopping, it is a good habit to plan, admittedly without too restrictive stakes – but with logic- the meals for the week and make a list of food and beverage. An easy way to reduce waste and unnecessary purchases by having everything you need at hand can also be to choose recipe kits and ready meals. They help to always have the balanced nutrient amounts in the food for each meal.

2. Everything in the right place! Organised storage of food and beverage

We come back from shopping in a hurry and put things in the fridge and larder somewhat haphazardly. It is important to take time to think things through and organise the space before storing new products, throwing out the old or salvaging. Yes, because in confusing organisation we risk forgetting what we already have and what we don’t and what should be consumed first. Furthermore, each shelf of the refrigerator is designed to store certain categories of food: cold cuts and cheese on the top shelf, open tins and eggs still on the upper shelf, fish and raw meat on the first shelf in separate containers, fruit and vegetables go in the two drawers at the bottom of the refrigerator.

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3. Nothing is thrown away! Long live leftovers!

With a little creativity and care, leftovers can be transformed into delicious new dishes. Some examples: leftover chicken or other animal or vegetable proteins can become one of the ingredients for a salad for a fit lunch or the classic ‘schiscia’ for the next day, rice can be transformed into a risotto al salto or used to make ‘arancini’

4. New life for waste!

One of the most common practices in the kitchen is to discard parts of food that are actually perfectly edible. By choosing seasonal products, such as lemons or blueberries (Cortilia), for example, you can use the peels to flavour dishes and make jams. Letting yourself be inspired by the ingredients available, even the most unusual ones, to unleash your creativity is the secret of the true chef as well as a way to avoid waste in the kitchen.

5. Less processed food, more fresh food

We limit the purchase of processed foods, firstly because on average they have shorter expiry dates and also could easily be forgotten in the pantry or fridge. Better to reserve their purchase for times when we do not have time to prepare and want to solve our dinner last minute. For the day-to-day it is recommended to give priority to fresh products, which generally keep longer and are also healthier..

6. Learn to dose – Less is more!

We often get carried away in the kitchen and cook excessive portions that sooner or later end up in the dustbin. Using smaller plates or learning to dose quantities better, starting with planning your shopping, to reduce waste and maintain a balanced diet is a simple trick within everyone’s reach. One example, Cortilia’s recipe kits: from the aperitif kit to that for a perfect carbonara: even for a dinner with friends: getting the quantities wrong is impossible!

7. And if we overdo it… frozen allies!

The freezer is the number one ally against food waste. As well as being useful for storing food that has already been frozen, it allows us to buy in larger quantities or prepare larger portions, then freeze them and have them ready when they are needed. The idea to avoid waste is to freeze food after purchase or after preparation, make smaller portions, perhaps with different quantities. In this way we can thaw only what we need according to the number of diners or according to the appetite of the moment.

On the occasion of the International Food Waste and Loss Awareness Day, Cortilia, the leader in quality online shoppingI

They are helping to raise awareness of the importance of everyday actions. How? By sharing the tricks for eating healthily without wasting food, money and time in the kitchen with the anti-waste week, on the Cortilia website, to celebrate this special occasion, it will be possible to buy at a super price: Green Box Cortilia

8. Eco-friendly shopping

When choosing which food to buy, we try not to forget about protecting the environment. How? By choosing fresh products in bulk or as sustainably packaged as possible and/or with packaging made of recyclable or biodegradable materials designed to reduce environmental impact.