August 29, 2022 | 12:32 p.m
MANILA, Philippines — Food waste is a serious problem, especially today, as inflation and rising prices affect the way we shop or budget for our groceries.
According to the UN Environment Program, food losses and food waste responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, consumers waste an average of 74 kilograms or more of food each year than their own body weight.
Before throwing away leftovers or storing your freshly bought produce, it’s important to know how to make the most of them so you don’t throw them away when you think they’ve served their purpose or when they’re getting stale.
Aside from avoiding food waste, it’s also advisable that you know how to “stretch” your food and be creative to maximize its use over a longer period of time.
We’ve compiled a list of foodies and chefs who have shared their food hacks and tricks that have helped them reduce their food waste and extend the shelf life of their produce and food supplies. There are also bonus easy recipes using the cheapest ingredients.
Stretch out your meat by cutting it into portions
Content creator Gina Zakaria distributed budget and food tips on her Tiktok account. When inflation hit, it didn’t stop them from giving up meat. Instead, she started slicing her meat into smaller bite-sized pieces, like she did for a chicken breast recipe.
Don’t throw away the ends of the bread or any excess bread at all
Zakaria urged those who make their sandwiches with just the loaf bread not to throw away the ends of the loaf. You can turn these into breadcrumbs that can be used as breading for your favorite fried chicken or vegetables.
“Wasting food is wasting money and the goal is to save money on food,” Zakaria said.
Cucumbers, potatoes should not be stored in the refrigerator
Popular TikTok creator Armen Adamjan or known as Creative Explained takes a look at how to maximize the lifespan of your veggies and produce so they don’t end up in your trash can. Aside from the above tip, he also shared that you can wrap your salad in foil and it will stay fresh in the fridge for 30 days. Spring onions and asparagus will also keep for 10 to 14 days if placed in a jar of water with a plastic bag loosely tied at the top.
@creative_explained This saves you money and reduces waste! ???? #fresh #Fruit #Vegetables #vegetable #lifehacks #cookhacks #cookingtiktok #Gourmet #Recipe #how one #to learn ? Original sound – Armen Adamyan
Make a vegetable broth
Chef Eugene Wong said those tiny pieces of onion skin or the stalk of leeks can still be of great use.
“It’s really easy to make veggie stock and it’s free,” he said on his TikTok Video.
Freezing is an underestimated food preservation method
Yes, many foods can be prepared and frozen for months to keep them fresh. Even your beloved bread and most cheeses can be sliced and stored in the freezer.
“Freezing is seriously the most underrated way to avoid food waste!” Tiktok user Brennan Kai saidas she froze her sweet peppers that she would use up for weeks to come.
Don’t sleep on fried chicken aka lechon manok
Reddit user whodunit131box answered a poll on food hacks amid inflation by sharing how she prepares various fried chicken dishes.
“A fried chicken is cheaper than a raw chicken at the wholesale club so I buy two of these and I can make at least four dinners out of them for two older teens and two adults,” she wrote.
Keep dairy and milk in the back corner of your refrigerator
Also, separate your bananas and store them in a basket.
“The refrigerator door is one of the warmest places. Always keep dairy products on the shelf or in the back of the fridge where it is coldest.” devices Lifestyle and budget enthusiast Jordan Page in her YouTube video.
Cook in bulk, buy canned and frozen vegetables
The team at YouNeedABudget shared these Money Saving Tips for the long days, especially when some products are out of season. Cooking in large portions is also a smart tip, as these can also be frozen for days to come.
As a bonus, Erwan Heussaff shares four easy-to-follow yet inexpensive recipes under 100 pesos:
He gives the step-by-step instructions and the cost per recipe. Elevate your usual kang kong, sardines, tofu, munggo, and ginataan with its recipes.
“Ginataan is probably one of the most commonly used cooking techniques in the Philippines, and I wish more people would spend more time exploring it,” Erwan said.
Check out his video:
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