Holla, GPI Friends everywhere. Do you know that Indonesia is a developing country that contributes 13 million tons of food waste every year? That much amount is equivalent to food that can be consumed by 28 million people.
As part of the Indonesian community that is not free from eating and processing food, of course we cannot allow conditions like this to continue without anticipative actions. Indeed, improving or changing a habit is not an easy job, but it is also not an impossibility if done together. It is known, one of the causes of the high number of food waste in Indonesia is derived from the failure of processing food. For this reason, we can all begin to change simply, that is, starting from the home kitchen.
GPI Friends, especially those who have a hobby of cooking, must have felt that the ingredients used were excessive. Then, confused about what to do, until finally forced to be discarded because the material has been damaged, expired and not suitable for use due to being stored for too long. Things like that will not happen if from the beginning we already have careful planning when going to shop for food ingredients or shopping wisely. By applying ‘wise shopping’, we can avoid shopping appetite and buy materials that we don’t really need.
Want to know how to do shopping wisely? Check out the following tips!
- Arrange the Menu Plan
Before we start shopping, we should first make a menu plan for the next week. If the shopping cycle is daily, the menu can be determined on D-1. In this way, we avoid buying materials only because of eye hunger and cannot be processed.
- Check the Stock in Refrigerator/ Storage Cabinets
We must know what materials are still available in the refrigerator or storage cabinets and their amount. This is done so that we do not buy excessive and similar food ingredients.
- Note the Food Ingredients to Be Purchased
After determining the menu and checking the food available at home, we need to make a shopping list. Consider the amount of groceries to be purchased according to the frequency of meals, estimated portions, and the number of family members. Certainly, the shopping plan is written according to the menu needs that have been previously designed. Please determine the buffer stock of foodstuffs if needed and are sure to be used.
- Hunt for Fresh Foodstuff
It’s shopping time! Don’t forget to check the freshness of vegetables, meat, eggs and fruits before putting them in the shopping basket. In addition, we must always check the expiration date of a material. This is very important, so that the ingredients are not damaged until the cooking time.
It’s easy, isn’t it? By doing so, hopefully we can reduce the possibility of food failures to be processed so that food waste can be reduced. Let’s put it into practice , GPI Friends!
*The original article is in Bahasa Indonesia by Andini Retno.
*Translated into English by Herdi, with permission from the author.