Electrolux ambassadors share easy ways to reduce food waste at home
Sustainable eating at home has never been more important with approximately 30% of global climate emissions come from the production of food, and a third of all food produced goes to waste.
Our Electrolux ambassadors are passionate about helping to educate people on how to reduce food waste at home. They have shared their tips on how to make your food go the extra mile to stop it ending up in the bin, while enjoying delicious and creative ways to use leftovers.
The easiest way to reduce food waste at home is simply through storing your fresh produce correctly and choosing the right fridge. Purchase appliances that give your produce extra freshness, with features that are intuitive to your needs. The Electrolux French Door Fridge has temperature and humidity control in the double insulated crisper which maximises food preservation. It includes FreshPlus technology, which detects when the fridge door is open and begins re-cooling to replace lost cold air, keeping food fresher for longer.
Focus on how you can use up produce before it turns in a fun and creative way. Excess tomatoes have turned soft to can be put in the oven on low to cook for six to eight hours until they semi dry. Finish them off with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper and they’re ready to go! Bananas are also among the most wasted foods, as they ripen quickly. Too-ripe bananas are the perfect excuse for banana bread, and you can also peel and store them in the freezer for smoothies or banana gelato.
People often overbuy their groceries and end up doubling up on ingredients they already have at home. I combat this by thoroughly checking my fridge and pantry before going out for a shop and end up with a thought-out shopping list when I arrive at the store. This way, I’m not second-guessing what I need to buy and purchasing ingredients ‘just in case’. If you don’t have the time or accessibility, get your housemate or other half to send a photo of the pantry so you can get an idea of what you already have at home.
The best way you can make sure to reduce food waste is to utilise leftovers to avoid throwing food out. Herbs are a kitchen staple, and despite being difficult to keep fresh and often only requiring a small amount for recipes, they should never be thrown out. I love blending excess herbs with olive oil and a dash of salt before freezing the mixture in an ice cube tray. This works great for herbs like fresh basil and coriander when they’re not always easily accessible from your garden. Another way to extend the life of your fresh produce is by greens and herbs in a damp cloth.
I’m all about reducing food waste in my restaurants and at home so all the little things count. Instead of throwing out lettuce heads and herbs once they start to wilt, burn all those or char them on the grill. Then you can puree them up with oil to make a delicious and unique pesto that you won’t be able to find in your supermarket.