Food Waste, Phenix’s anti-waste decalogue

In anticipation of the National Day against food waste

A decalogue to reduce waste in the kitchen. Presenting it, on the occasion of the National Day against food waste on February 5, is Phenix, the Tech For Good startup that makes anti-waste a positive and supportive action.

Smart shopping list: Before you launch into the aisles of the supermarket, make sure you have completed a thorough survey of what is already in the refrigerator and note what is missing. Avoid buying more than you need and buy the quantities of food you know you can consume in the short term.

Pay attention to the expiration date: pay close attention to the words, because the words ‘to be consumed preferably by’ does not mean that when the indicated day arrives you must hurry to throw away the package and contents; rather, remember that that food will gradually begin to lose its organoleptic properties (taste, aroma, etc …).

Check-up of the fridge: check seals and efficiency. The internal temperature must remain between 1 ° and 5 ° C so the food can be stored properly without going bad ahead of time.

Password: rotation. Try to arrange the foods on the shelves according to their expiration date, leaving in front of those that must be consumed first. A little trick that will help not to find purchases from last year on the bottom of the pantry (but also of the refrigerator).

The conscious encore: better that the dish is left over in a pan or in a pot and not on a plate; this will make it easier (and more hygienic) to reheat it later.

Cook the leftovers: leftovers are another immense source of waste. To avoid them ending up in the bin, indulge yourself in new recipes by reusing them.

It is never too little: if you have small quantities of a product, make it the ingredient for a more complex recipe; if the vegetables are not enough for the side dishes, they can become the filling of a rustic cake or perhaps the dressing of a first course.

Give food as a gift: if you realize you have something at home that you will never eat, give it away. To friends, relatives, neighbors, some charity.

Bad but goodDo not throw away overripe or bruised food, it can be used to make desserts, smoothies or soups.

At the restaurant: ask for the doggy bag and take home what you haven’t eaten.