Reducing food waste is of utmost importance, as nearly 40% of the food we produce is wasted.

A significant portion of this wasted food is discarded in landfills, contributing to the release of methane gas, which is more potent than carbon dioxide emissions.

Although all participants in the food system share responsibility for this waste, I believe us as consumers have a duty on trying to reduce our food waste. By carrying out adequate planning and optimising food storage. These are simple yet effective areas that can create a positive outcome.

Here are some straightforward food storage tips that can help save time, money, and reduce food waste in your kitchen :

- Carrots : you can submerge them in water in a closed box or a jar. You can also prepare carrot stick for the week and store them in a jar with water, they will stay fresh all week :)

- Herbs, Kale and brocoli : simply put them in water like you would do with flower in a vase

- Leafy greens wrapped in damp towel or in a reusable zipbag with a little hand towel inside (to absorb the humidity)

- Do not mix low ethylene with high ethylene products : It means keep apples, apricots, berries, melons (to name only few) separate from brocoli, cauliflower, spinach, lettuce, carrot, cabbage, cucumber...

- Use clean containers/jars for leftovers to be sure to not forget about them and have them at your next meal (keep it forward in the fridge as well)

- Organise your fridge correctly as per temperature to optimize conservation : 

     *Top shelf : all the pre-cooked food, your batch cooking for the next few days, leftovers, meats and fish.

     * Middle shelves : it is perfect for your butter, milk, yogurts, eggs and cheese. But also the fruits and herbs that get spoiled easily (grapes, berries...) 

     * Lower shelves : is the coldest so it is ideal for veggies and meat/fish

     * Fridge doors : DO NOT store eggs and dairy milk there because the temperature is inconsistent.You can use it to store the condiments, the non-dairy milks...

 These are simple little tips but I hope they will help you reduce food waste. 

Do you have specific storage tips to reduce food waste you would like to share with us?

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