Food waste is a massive problem in the United States and around the world. About 40% of our food goes to waste, which harms the environment and burdens our economy. Aaron Umen is a tennis athlete, coach, and dedicated volunteer. Backed by his studies in finance and economics, he currently represents the Food Recovery Network as Treasurer.
Passionate about reducing food waste, he shares his top tips for reducing food waste at home:
- Plan out your meals for the week.
- Check the temperature of your fridge to make sure it is cold enough. Food will spoil quickly if it is too warm.
- Use up your leftovers. There are even apps you can download that will give you recipes for whatever random ingredients you need to use up.
- Only buy what you need and what you know you will use.
- Try batch cooking. Invest in single portion containers so that you can cook a large meal, portion it out, and save it in the freezer. That way, you always have an extra meal on hand, and none of your food goes to waste!
- Check the expiration dates on food when you buy it at the grocery store, and make sure you will be able to use it up in time to avoid throwing it away.