When the vegetarian brought home 2 kg of meat

Hi everyone, here comes more tips on how to reduce your food waste! It’s way too easy to throw away a lot of food without thinking, but with a little bit of extra effort it’s really easy to become better at storing food and eating everything you bought.

Throwing away any kind of food is a waste, but throwing away meat feels even worse to me. It is literally wasting a life. Personally, I don’t see the killing of an animal as completely wrong, but still, if a beautiful living creature offered it’s life to be your food: the least you can do is to actually eat it!

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On Friday I went to a dinner party and the food there had been ordered from a catering service. They had over-estimated the consumption of meat so there were still a lot left in the pot when everyone’s food had been served. As the pot had to be cleaned and returned to the catering-firm it seemed like we would have to throw away 2 kg of reindeer meat. No one had a jar or something to put the meat in but it just felt so bad to throw it away that I found a (clean) plastic bag and took the meat with me home. Half of it is in the freezer and half in the fridge, nicely put in jars. Eating two kilograms of meat can be a little too much for someone who usually eats only vegetarian food but I’d rather eat it than throw it away, and luckily my boyfriend will probably help me.

If you just make the decision not to throw away food, you will usually find a way to store it. Here comes some tips on how to store your food so you won’t have to throw it away!

Leftovers: In the Nordic winter the best way to chill down leftovers fast is to put the food outside for a while. In this way you save energy by not accidentally warming up your fridge, but the faster the food becomes cold the better it’s preserved. Leftovers in the fridge can be stored for about a week, but in the freezer it’s still edible after weeks or even months. Always remember to check you fridge for leftovers before cooking something new!

Meat and fish: try to buy only in small quantities and store in the coldest place of the fridge. If you know you won’t have time to eat it in the next days: put it in the freezer! Meat and fish can be stored in the freezer for up to a year.

Milk products: if kept cold enough (and not left on the table for hours), they usually stay fresh way longer than the best-before dates indicate. You can tell if it’s edible by smelling and tasting it.

Eggs: if stored in the fridge, they usually stay edible for several weeks after the best-before date

Vegetables and fruit: fresh fruit usually rots quite fast, so never buy more than you eat. When it comes to vegetables: try to eat more of the vegetables that can be stored for a long time: carrots, potatoes, beetroot and kale. Buy less of tomatoes and cucumber that goes bad quite fast. Buy less green salad, it usually goes bad pretty fast as well and despite being regarded as healthy it actually doesn’t contain that many nutrients.

Vegetables and fruits that have become a little shriveled are rarely dangerous to eat, always cut through it to see if it’s okay in the middle before you throw it away!

Bread: I always used to throw away bread earlier. I don’t eat that much bread and it became moldy before I finished it. Nowadays, after eating half a package of bread I always put it in the freezer. Bread is best stored dry, in room-temperature or in the freezer. On the contrary from most other foods, putting bread in the fridge won’t make it stay fresh longer.

Source:Livsmedelsverket. Click on the link if you want even more useful tips!

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