Tuesday, September 16, 2014

10 Ways to Reduce Food Wastage at Home-Tips to Reduce Food Waste- with Tupperware

I received a mail from Tupperware few days back asking me to extend my support in their Care4Food campaign by sharing my tips, ideas and experience of Tupperware. I happily agreed as it is for a good cause. Care4Food is an initiative taken by Tupperware to make caring for food a lifestyle and necessity to follow in this modern era. It is working on spreading the message of food saving through the Care4Food campaign.  It’s a platform that offers methods to take care of food at various levels from buying, storing, preparation and left over management.

I personally do not like to use plastics but I love Tupperware as its products are safe and non-toxic. All Tupperware products are made from safe, non-toxic, non-carcinogenic materials, thus they do not release harmful chemicals to food or liquid contents. Materials and Additives used exceed US Food and Drug Administration(FDA)and Japan Polyolefin Hygienic Association standards. What it means is that you can use with peace of mind every time. What more, Tupperware also offers a limited lifetime warranty!!

Worldwide about one-third of all food produced – equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted in the food production and consumption systems, according to data released by FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization).

Let us see how to reduce food wastage in small ways at home - 

1.I store rice, millet, dry fruits, nuts, flour, muesli in Tupperware Dry storage. It's excellent as it's air-tight and keeps ants and bugs from contaminating the food items. As their containers are see through, I know what I have at home and buy only what is required. By storing properly, you can extend the life of your food. This helps me to be more organized and prevent food wastage.

Tips to reduce food waste

2.Using leftovers to make delicious meals is a great way to avoid food wastage. Leftover cooked rice can be stored in air tight Tupperware containers and can be used to prepare delicious tomato rice, fried rice, lemon rice, mango rice etc.

3.Freeze!!- Tupperware freezer mate are perfect for freezing leftovers safely and hygienically. Leftover tomato chutney, green chutney can be stored in the freezer for a week and used when needed to make  yummy chutney sandwiches.

4.Leftover steamed vegetables can be used to make delicious fried rice, cutlets, vegetable rice, etc. It can be added to pasta, poha, noodles to make vegetable pasta, poha pulao and vegetable noodles etc.

5.Left over idlis can be transformed to make delicious idli upma, masala idli, fried idli, chilli idli etc.

6.Tear leftover rotis to small pieces and mix it with leftover curry or korma to make a filling and delicious breakfast.

7.Boiled and peeled leftover potatoes or potato subji can be stored in Tupperware containers for 3-4 days and can be used whenever required to make delicious aloo poha, aloo parathas, potato rice, etc.

8.Tupperware  refrigerator products helps you to keep your vegetables, fruits and greens fresher for a longer period. Tupperware’s fridge smart range has a special venting system with 2 valves that can be opened or closed for different vegetables and fruits to breathe according to their needs. The coriander leaves looks fresh even after 4-5 days.(picture below)

Reduce food wastage at home

9.The leftover dishes can also be packed to office and can be conveniently carried on the move as there are no leaks or spoilage. Reheating is much easier as most of the containers are microwave friendly.

10.Coconut is used in many Indian dishes. When I am free, I grate the whole coconut and and store it in freezer safe boxes. It will stay fresh for more than a month. This way the coconut will not get spoiled by turning yellow and also it saves a lot of time when cooking.

Lastly recycle unavoidable food waste - Rotten vegetables, fruits, food scraps can be used to compost. Just set up a compost bin in your backyard and convert food waste into rich manure. See tips on how to compost at home?

Let us contribute in our own small ways to reduce food wastage by following the above simple tips.

Note -This is not a paid review.