Guide to Limiting Food Waste
October 22, 2021
Did you know that more than a third of the food produced in the world goes into the trash every year? Yet, with a few rather simple efforts, much of this waste can easily be prevented. Where to start? Here are some ideas!
- Store intelligently
To avoid having to throw away food or prepared meals, you need to know how to store them properly! Whether it’s in the fridge or freezer, always let your meals cool down before storing them. In either case, avoid overcrowding the space in order to optimize air circulation.
In the refrigerator, store food in the right place: milk, eggs, meat, fish and cooked meals should be placed on the top shelf, which is the coldest area. The centre shelves will accommodate opened products and cheese, while the lower areas will be reserved for fruit and vegetables separately. Only store condiments, butter and juice in the door.
In the freezer, always keep your food in freezer containers and identify the date of packaging, the number of servings and the recipe, if applicable. Opt for small portions rather than large amounts of food when freezing.
Avoid freezing meat directly in its original packaging, unless you plan to use it in the following weeks. If not, wrap your meat in airtight freezer bags from which as much air as possible has been removed.
Write the name of the cup and the date of freezing on the bag. Always use meat with the oldest date first.
Remember that meat should be thawed in the refrigerator or microwave to prevent the multiplication of the microorganisms that cause food poisoning.
- Understand the shelf life veal
Fresh veal cutlets, frozen ground meat, leftover stew… how long can you keep them? Refer to the following table to make sure you don't throw anything away!
- Think about sous vide!
Limiting food contacts with air optimizes its shelf life, and sous vide vacuum packaging can significantly extend it! Hermetically sealed food can be kept in the freezer for up to five times longer.
- Use leftovers
Wondering what to do with your leftover osso buco or veal blanquette? Tender and tasty, the extra meat you have is perfect for cooking lunches for the whole week! Use your leftover ground veal to stuff pasta or buns, your leftover flank steak to garnish your gourmet sandwiches or even showcase your leftover cutlets in a decadent grilled cheese or tasty little bites. It’s so easy to be creative with such delicious meat!
- Make your own veal broth
Making your own broth prevents waste on many levels. First, we make the most out of the food from which we prepare this broth, whether it’s vegetable scraps that we would normally have thrown away or even uneatable bones or scraps from a piece of meat. Plus, if you think about how much less commercial packaging this produces, the savings are even more obvious!