When I started my computer this morning I found a mail from a journalist asking me to comment about food wastage.
According to her 5.2 billion $ a year are wasted in Australia on food that’s bought but doesn’t get eaten.
I think everybody is guilty of throwing some food out – but it should be the exception, not the rule.
Here is what I have to say about this topic:
- People have a very high standard when going shopping and all good intention to “home cook this week”. And then never get around to it.
- Lack of planning ahead and impulse buying.
- People can cook and would love to do it, but are so overwhelmed with the clutter on bench top and dinner table that they rather feed the kids baked beans in front of the TV.
- Sometimes it is the second generation eating like this. A lot of my clients tell me, that they never learned.
And here are a couple of ideas to get started to not contribute to this 5.2 billion $ price tag:
- meal plan
- Shop with a shopping list.
- Organise your pantry – every half year!!!!
- Ask for help and learn
- Always unpack the dishwasher – this one sounds a bit out of line, but if you treat the dishwasher as a cupboard for dirty dishes rather than clean ones – you are not going to have to clean away mountains of dirty plates before starting to cook.