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Avoiding Food Waste

What is food waste?

Food waste is the parts of food that are thrown away that could have been eaten. This can be raw, uncooked, food that is typically thrown away (like pumpkin skin or broccoli stalk) or leftovers from a meal (the pasta that was left in your bowl after dinner that is thrown away).

Why is it important to avoid food waste as much as we can?

  • Reducing food waste can save you money! On average, Australians throw 1 in 5 shopping bags of food in the bin - that’s about $3800 worth of groceries per household each year (Food Bank Australia)

  • Food waste harms our environment. Less food waste means less pollution in our air from rotting food in landfill

  • Save energy and resources for our future generations. When we waste food, we also waste the natural resources that go into making it, like land, water, and energy

Tips to avoid food waste in your home

Tip #1 - Use the whole vegetable

  • Roast pumpkin with the skin on (this can be eaten!)

  • Chop up the stalk of broccoli to use in curries, stir-fry, pasta, etc

  • Roast cauliflower leaves to add to a salad or eat on the side of your meal

Tip #2 - Plan your meals for the week

  • Only buy the amount of fresh food that you need until your next grocery shop

  • If you choose one recipe that uses half a head of cauliflower, choose another recipe for that week that also uses half a head of cauliflower

Tip #3 - Use the fresh food in your fridge from most spoiled to least spoiled

  • Identify which foods expire or end up in your bin at home

  • For example - food like bok choy, basil, spinach, okra, chard will need to be eaten quickly as they spoil fast

  • Foods that last a while include: Potatoes, carrots, parsnips, pumpkin, onions, ginger, lemons

"Freeze left overs! Meals that freeze well: stews, curries, burgers, pasta bakes, and pies"

Tip #4 - Try growing your own vegetables

Easy vegetables to grow in pots are: tomatoes, lettuce, bok choy, etc

Tip #5 - Get creative with leftovers

  • Use leftover roast veg to make pasta or salad

  • Use leftover burgers, fried rice, etc in a wrap for lunch

Tip #6 - Use what you have

  • Make breadcrumbs or croutons out of old bread

  • Pickle excess vegetables like cabbage, carrot, and cucumber

  • Soft fruit can be added to smoothies or stewed to eat for breakfast

  • Put less food on your plate for mealtimes (you can always go back for seconds!)

Tip #7 - Freeze leftovers!

  • Meals that freeze well: stews, curries, burgers, pasta bakes, pies, etc

  • Take your meal out of the freezer the morning or night before you want to eat it. Heat up in the microwave or stovetop. Can be heated up straight from the freezer.

  • Wrap and label items you put in your freezer

Tip #8 - Store food well

  • Use airtight containers in your cupboards and fridge to keep food fresher for longer

  • Check that your fridge is set at a temperature between 1 and 5 degrees

  • Keep food that is likely to go rotten sooner at the front

  • Store ripe fruit and veg in the fridge

  • Store potatoes and onions in a cool, dark place


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