40 million people worldwide are going hungry because of economic shocks related to COVID-19 alone. The pandemic has also deepened existing hunger crises related to climate change and conflict.
Gathering to share a meal is central to our Christmas celebrations. But as we remember those who don’t have as much as we do, it’s important to ensure our own abundance is not wasteful.
Could you take easy steps to reduce food waste? Here are some suggestions:
1) Shop with a meal plan in mind (even if it’s only a rough one).
2) Check your fridge is at the right temperature; it should be between 0°C and 5°C.
3) Create a ‘must go now’ shelf of food that needs eating up so you can incorporate it into meals soon.
4) Consider if you can freeze food you can’t use in time. Frozen bananas (peeled) are the perfect base for a smoothie; mashed potato freezes well too. You can even freeze eggs: crack yolks and whites into separate containers, for baking; or beat eggs before freezing so they’re ready for omelettes.
5) Rearrange your fridge so you can see everything at a glance. Things hidden from view are more likely to be forgotten and go off.
6) Search online for recipes to use up Christmas leftovers, such as turkey curry, bubble and squeak, or frittata.