According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the world is capable of producing enough food to supply all its inhabitants. So why is hunger still an unsolvable problem? The answer points to one of the great problems of the 21st century: food waste. According to data from this organization, from the time the food is produced or collected until we eat it, up to a third of the products are lost.
To end this problem, a change in habits, processes and mentality is required on a global level. However, there are also small gestures that can be changed from home to raise awareness among your children and reduce the amount of food that is thrown away every day. Therefore, in our site we have gathered some tricks to avoid wasting children's food.
1. Recipes for reusing food leftovers
Giving a second life to the food your children leave on the plate is the key to reducing food waste. If you think about it, surely you can think of many recipes to reuse leftovers at home.
You can make croquettes with the meat that you have left over from the stew, you can prepare a chicken salad with the remains of the roast from the previous day, you can make fritters with the leftover baked cod ...
2. Involve your children in the kitchen
If your children participate in the preparation of the food, they will not have any problem sitting at the table. They will like to taste foods that they have cooked themselves, so they will leave less food on the plate. In the same way, if they accompany you to the purchase or if they help you take care of the home garden, they will value the food they eat more.
3. Avoid snacks before meals
If you accustom children to having snacks or snacks, they will sit at the table less hungry and there will be more food left over.
4. Food fights are prohibited at home.
There are children who find food fights very amusing, with all the food waste that they entail. Some throw unwanted food on the ground to get attention. You must be blunt with this gesture and prohibit it from the time they are small. Surely at first they will not listen to your orders, but little by little they will understand that these games are not tolerable.
5. Store food properly
If you get the food to last longer in good condition, you will have more time to consume it. To do this, you have to make sure that you save them correctly. There is no rule that can be exported to all products, since each one has its own preservation system. The most important thing, in any case, is to take extreme hygiene measures in the kitchen.
Fruits and vegetables are generally best stored whole in a cool place. Aromatic herbs will last longer if you put them in a glass of water. Oil, garlic, and onion will keep best if you store them in a dry, dark place. Meat, both beef, pork and chicken, is best stored well wrapped in the lower drawer of the refrigerator. Do not put the milk on the refrigerator door, because it is the place where the temperature changes the most when opening and closing it, which can affect the product.
6. Freeze so you don't waste food
When you miscalculate and buy more food than necessary or when your children are not willing to eat everything you have prepared for them, the freezer may be the solution. By freezing your food, you will have more time to consume it before it spoils.
Freeze in portions so that when the time comes, you only have to defrost the right amount of food you need. For example, you can buy a good piece of chicken and divide it into the portions that you normally use for your child's puree. Put them in bags and write the date you put it in the freezer so it doesn't take longer than it should.
7 Before throwing away a food, think about whether it can be recovered
Sometimes we prepare food poorly and spoil it ourselves. But did you know that sometimes they can be recovered? For example, if the broth has been too salty, you can add a little vinegar, a few drops of lemon juice or a pinch of brown sugar.
If the lettuce has become too soft, you can put it in very cold water to make it crisp again. If the vegetables have gone too soft, you can use them for a cream or puree.
8 Go to the market with a shopping list
Having a shopping list (and listening to it) will prevent you from buying food you don't need. If you plan in advance the meals that you are going to eat during the week you will be able to buy only what you are going to eat. This way, you will save money and waste less food. Also, you should never go to the supermarket when you are hungry because you will buy more food than is needed at home.
9 Give your child the same food that you eat
Children's diet has to adapt to their age, but as they get older, their diet is increasingly similar to yours. Take advantage of that moment to cook the same for everyone and you will waste less food. On the other hand, take into account the amount of food that each member of the family eats.
Small gestures from home, like these, are necessary to end food waste.
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