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Here Are Some Zero-Waste Cooking Tips To Help You During The Pandemic

As the worldwide lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic continues on, it’s surely not an exaggeration to say that people and households have been forced to cook more than they ever have before. But how do you actually fully maximize what you have stocked up? Is zero-waste cooking possible at these circumstances?

As it turns out, yes.

Zero-Waste Cooking

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants and most fast food chains are forced to close temporarily, leaving people to fend for themselves and prepare up to three meals a day daily, which can be quite rare among Americans. The challenge, however, is that stacking up on food for a couple weeks is in since spontaneous trips to the grocery is sadly not advisable now.

This means that households should maximize everything that they have on their pantries and fridges, as well as look into zero-waste cooking as a way to reduce food wastes and potentially save money as well. Thankfully, zero-waste cooking goes both ways since it helps you repurpose food scraps and make good meals out of them while also helping the environment by minimizing food waste.

“Rather than allowing our whims to choose what to eat for dinner, let our pantries do it. Instead of picking a new recipe to cook from scratch every night for dinner — who has time to do that? — look at what you have on hand and let that determine what you’ll cook,” San Francisco blogger Anne Marie Bonneau of zerowastechef.com wrote in a blog post suggesting people should let their pantries dictate their meal plan.

In any case, here are other tips to help you reduce food waste:

  1. Wait on washing your berries before eating them in order to avoid mold.
  2. Freeze and preserve extra fruits and vegetables that you have in order to prevent them from going bad.
  3. Refrain from over-buying and stick to your shopping list when you’re at a grocery store. Make sure to only get what you need and what you’re sure you will use.
  4. Store fruits and vegetables in different bins.
  5. Reduce portion sizes.
  6. Learn the difference between expiry dates.
  7. Salvage sad produce into soups, stir fry, sauces or baked goods.

Food waste Piles of discarded fruit lie on the ground at the Shelford Landfill, Recycling & Composting Centre near Canterbury, England. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

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