8 Best Ways to solve the problem of food waste in India
We have entered at a time when basic services such as water and food are becoming scarce. The desperate essence of the situation may not be known by most persons who have access to these vital services, but there are certain parts of the world where access to food has become a privilege.
So from now on, we have to be very careful & also need to bring into practice ways to solve the problem of food waste in India.
Some Best Possible ways to Solve The Problem of Food Waste:
Store food in an air-tight container
If held in an airtight jar, the shelf life of most foods such as biscuits, fruits, pickles, and namkeen will increase. These containers avoid the entry of moisture and bacteria, and food stays preserved for longer. Hence, the need to throw out food due to spoilage decreases.
2. Plan meals ahead
One of the most effective ways to minimize food waste at home is to prepare meals ahead of time. Making a weekly menu plan helps you to easily use up the ingredients you have on hand while also ensuring that leftovers can be used in future meals.
Meal planning also makes grocery shopping easier and more economical because you won't buy items that you won't use. Food that hasn't been opened yet is still within its expiration date and accounts for around 15% of all food lost in the household. And your meticulously prepared shopping list prevents you from shopping by memory, which typically results in inadequate quantities of some goods and excessive quantities of others.
3. Stop Over-Ordering food
Try not to order a lot of meals while eating in a restaurant and end up just having a small amount of each meal. When you are out with friends or relatives, to minimize food waste, order one or two meals that can be shared.
4. Do not throw leftovers
Most households have leftovers, and the majority of the time, they end up in the trash. Instead of throwing them out, repurpose them the next day in other dishes, such as soup with leftover chicken or salad with leftover tomatoes.
5. Deep-freeze food that is close to expiry
Few people realize that deep-freezing food that is approaching its expiration date will prolong its shelf life by up to thirty days! So, the next time you come across food that is about to expire, put it in the deep freeze and you'll have thirty days extra to eat it.
6. Consume food before the expiry
Most foods have a shelf life after which they become rancid and unsafe to eat. Food must be thrown away after it has reached its expiration date, so to prevent a situation where wastage is the only choice, aim to eat the food before it has passed its expiration date.
7. Buy only necessary groceries
It's not unusual to discover a slew of things in your shopping cart that you didn't expect to purchase. It's easy to be tempted to grab things from shelves, but in the interest of eliminating food waste, just grab what you really need, not what you may or might not consume.
8. Process or dehydrate surplus food
A lot of food is thrown away in orchards, commercial and community gardens, and farmer's markets because it is unsold or picked over. Many people go “gleaning” at local farms and orchards in the late summer and fall, or visit local fruit stands to stock up on fresh fruit. The task at hand is to prevent the food from spoiling until it can be consumed. If you have a pressure cooker, canning your produce for storage and use during the winter months is easy.
For example, cooking apples down to applesauce is a convenient way to deal with an abundance of apples. If you have the room, you can also put the jarred applesauce in a water bath for long-term storage, or keep it in the fridge for a week or two. Apples may also be preserved by cutting them into rings and drying them on racks. A food dehydrator may be used to dry and preserve a range of fruits, vegetables, and meats, as well as render apple rings and fruit leather.
Food prices are rising higher than the average income in India today, so the cost of wasting food is rising. We pay a higher price for wasted food as individuals, and as a society, our collective food waste depletes energy and water supplies thus contributing to the greater environmental effects of global warming. Individuals and families can contribute to reducing these effects with relatively little effort, as we’ve learnt from the above ways to solve the problem of food waste in India.