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We hate food waste, so we’ve put together some simple tips on how to reduce food waste at home or at work.
Use our handy quantity guidelines to ensure you order just the right amount of catering for your next working lunch or corporate event. Alternatively, our friendly consultants are experts in corporate catering and will be happy to assist you. We’ll make sure no one goes hungry, while at the same time, no food goes to waste.
Doggy bags are a great way to reduce food waste! Extra food can be placed in the office kitchen for other staff to enjoy, or allow staff to take doggy bags home.
Ordering food that is in season is good for the environment. Seasonal food is likely to be locally produced, which means you’re also supporting our farmers and growers. Plus, it’ll be fresher and taste better. Win-win!
When possible, use reusable plates, serve ware, cutlery and glasses. At your next working lunch, conference or corporate event, use glasses and pitchers of water instead of bottled water.
When choosing disposal items, choose utensils and serve ware that can be recycled or composted.
At Order-In, we make sustainable packaging a priority. We recommend and provide bio-degradable corporate catering boxes and utensils to our corporate caterers.
Store food correctly to optimise its lifespan and avoid food poisoning. Make sure your fridge and freezer is set to the correct temperature. Cold food should be stored in the fridge at 5 degrees or colder to reduce the spread of bacteria. The freezer should be less than -18 degrees. Store any leftover food in airtight containers or wraps.
Here are some additional tips for organising your fridge.
An estimated 1.9 million Australians go without food because they can’t afford it. We’re passionate about food and giving back to the community and support organisations like OzHarvest. If you’ve ordered too much food, or if a meeting has been cancelled at the last minute, don’t just chuck it. Donate your still-consumable food to OzHarvest and they’ll redistribute it to the people who need it most.
Before you go grocery shopping:
Buy only what’s on your list and avoid impulse buys! If you only need 1 capsicum for a recipe, don’t buy a bag because it’s on special. A lot of food waste comes down to simply buying too much at the supermarket to begin with.
Food is awesome in whatever shape and size it comes in. Just because it looks funny or isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it’s not good to eat.
When unpacking your groceries, use FIFO (First In, First Out). This means moving older products to the front of the fridge, freezer or pantry and putting the newer products in the back. You’re more likely to use the older stuff first before it expires, thus reducing food waste.
Designate one day a week to using your leftovers or food items that are about to expire. Leftovers can be frozen and saved for later or packed for tomorrow’s lunch. Check out some easy lunch ideas for work here.
Vegetables, bones and meat scraps could be used to make stocks. Use rinds and citrus fruit zest to add extra flavour to meals. Don’t throw away overripe fruit – use it in smoothies, muffins or cakes. Wilted vegetables can be used in soups or combined with other ingredients to make a delicious and healthy juice.
If you’ve got a surplus of fruit, why not freeze it (mmm mango smoothies), make jam or chutney or pickle it.
If you’re regularly dealing with pest problems, or throwing away stale chips, cereal and biscuits, it’s time to invest in quality, air tight containers. Reusing glass jars is also an inexpensive way to store food items and it’s environmentally friendly.
Make sure your fridge is running at maximum efficiency so food stays as fresh as possible
Here are some extra fruit and veggie storing tips to keep them fresher longer
Expiration dates don’t always mean the food is off. They’re just a suggestion for peak quality, however, if stored properly, most foods will stay fresh several days past the “use-by” date.
If it looks, smells and tastes ok, it should be fine to eat, otherwise, it’s time to toss it.
We hope these tips will help you to reduce food waste in the office and at home. And remember, if you have excess or unneeded corporate catering, please feel free to contact OzHarvest on 1800 108 006. We hope you’ll also support this worthy cause by donating a dollar to every order you make through Order-In. Simply tick the donate to OzHarvest button during checkout. Best of all, we’ll also donate $1 every time a customer donates. 100% of this donation goes directly to OzHarvest.
For other tips on how to reduce food waste and also do your bit to reduce, reuse and recycle, check out this article in The West Australian.