Useful Tips to Reduce Food Waste

4 tips to reduce food waste

Do you often feel uncomfortable at the thought of wasting food and money? If so, you're not alone! Many of us struggle with food waste, but with a little bit of planning and creativity, you can significantly reduce the amount of food that ends up in your bin.

We'll explore how meal planning, freezing foods, composting, and embracing creative cooking can to minimise food waste while maximising flavour and savings!

The Global Impact of Food Waste

Food waste is a significant issue worldwide, contributing to environmental problems and economic losses. However, by following these simple routines and habits, we can change the world and play a part in reducing food waste.

1. Meal Planning

meal planning

Meal planning is one of the most important steps to reduce food waste. By taking a few minutes to plan out what you'll eat for the entire week, you can save time, money, and reduce food waste. With a plan, you'll be less likely to spend over budget groceries or let ingredients go to waste!

Here are some meal ideas for your entire week: 
  • Grilled chicken salad with leafy greens, cherry toms, cucumber, and your favourite dressing
  • Baked salmon with roasted veggies on the side
  • Bacon and egg wrap with lettuce, toms, and avocado
  • Stir-fry tofu, capsicum, snow peas, and carrot with rice on the side
  • Creamy potato and leek soup with bread and side salad

2. Freezing Foods

freezing food
Freezing foods is an excellent and convenient way to preserve freshness and prevent spoilage. Whether it's leftover meals, overripe bananas for smoothies, excess bread, or seasonal fruits and vegetables, your freezer can be your best friend in reducing food waste. Quick tip: portion them into different container for each meal really help saving your time in the kitchen on busy days. 


3. Composting Food Scraps

food scrap compost
Composting transforms food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich soil which effectively completing the food cycle loop. Rather than sending organic matter to landfills where it emits harmful methane gas, composting allows you to convert waste into a beneficial resource for your garden or plants.


4. Creative Cooking

creative cooking jam

Creative cooking is all about making the most of what you have in your fridge or kitchen pantry. Instead of following recipes, try something fun with ingredients you already have. Also, try crafting fun and unique jams with extra fruits in your fridge. You might discover new interesting and unique flavor combinations while reducing food waste at the same time!

Creative cooking ideas that will clear your pantry in a sec:
  • Use ripe fruits like make delicious and healthy homemade jam
  • Combine diced fruits (apples, pears, or mangoes) with onions, vinegar, sugar, and spices (ginger, cinnamon, and cloves) for fruit chutney.
  • Make vegetable relish with chopped vegetables then cook them with vinegar, sugar, and spices
  • Freeze chopped fruits in individual portions then blend them with yogurt or juice for quick and easy smoothies.
  • Use up assorted vegetables by making a hearty vegetable soup. Combine them with broth, herbs, and spices


Implementing these steps let us all play a part in addressing the global challenge of food waste. Together, let's make a positive impact on our environment and our wallets one meal at a time. Which method or step is your favourite?