After oxygen and water, food is the third most necessary thing for living beings to supply energy and development, maintain life, or drive growth. It is one of the most complex chemical groups. Food has a vital role in promoting health and preventing disease.
A lady who is moderately active should consume 1,800-2,200 calories per day. A man of average size should consume 2,200-2,800 calories per day. Every day, eat a healthy balance of foods: 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups fruit, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups vegetables.
Many countries waste tons of food daily. China is the top-ranked country that wastes approximately food of 91.6 million tons every year. China is the top country that wastes a lot of food regularly. China is followed by India which wastes 68.8 million tons.
If we talk about Pakistan, every year, an estimated 36 million tons of food are thrown away in Pakistan. Every day, every person in Karachi, Lahore, and Hyderabad throws out their entire meals and dinners.
According to one report, Pakistan wastes 40% of its food. Food loss occurs every year in the supply chain.
Food loss in this country is projected to be higher than agricultural departments estimate due to adverse weather conditions. The total amount of food wasted and lost is referred to as food wastage.
During Ramadan, the use of food becomes more than the common days. People donate food and many other items. People arrange Sehri and Aftari on daily basis. In these practices, a huge amount of food is wasted regularly.
Here we bring the ten best methods to save food in Ramadan.
The blessed month of Ramadan means not only being hungry and not eating but also making others feel good, staying away from evil, and doing many good deeds during this month.
One of them is not to waste food and it is very rewarding. Here are 10 ways to protect your food from wastage.
10. Learn to Preserve
Instead of wasting or wasting your one-time food, freeze it so that it can be used later, or pass the food on to someone else so that you can fill someone’s stomach with it. You can arrange special boxes to save the food in the refrigerator. When you needed you can make it ready to eat.
Leftover food, such as rice, poultry, or meat, can be easily stored in your iftar and can be used later.
2. Take care of your neighbors
There was a time when iftar was sent to the houses of one’s neighbors and neighbors during Ramadan, but nowadays people do not take care of all these things. This Ramadan, take care of your neighbors and send Iftar items to the people around you. Your neighbors have more rights to food and money than your parents and family. You can distribute your food among needy neighbors.
3. Buy frozen food or canned food
Most people say that canned food or frozen food is not good for health and it does not contain vitamins. In fact, there is no truth in it. This food is as beneficial and useful as other dishes because it this is because it is stored immediately after the food is made, which is why the vitamins contained in it are preserved. Canned food that includes fruits, meat, etc. is readily available.
4. Make Iftar of leftover food after a week
If a daily iftar is made in your home, the simplest solution is that the food that is leftover from your iftar and you have stored, you can use that food in another day’s iftar. Eating leftover food during Sehri and Iftar will minimize the provision. In this way, your frozen leftover will be consumed after every week.
5. Do not buy food during fasting
If you are fasting then it is not wise to buy food at home. In fact, in hunger, a person buys everything that he does not need to consume and that is why a lot of food is wasted in Ramadan. After fasting, buy food and drink so that you can buy as much as you need to use.
According to psychiatrists, an empty stomach demands more than a filled stomach. If you go to a store to buy fruit, you will buy more in hunger than a filled stomach.
6. Find food recipes online
Find online food recipes to use your leftover food so that you don’t waste your food and make your leftover food easily and in a new way. The diversity of leftover food will provide you with unique tastes of food.
You can go to YouTube or Google to search the ways to make new dishes from the leftover food.
7. Make a shopping list
One of the best ways to avoid this is to make a list of what you need to buy for Ramadan. Don’t buy food that will waste food. Researches show that, when you go to the market without a list, you buy unnecessary food items. In this way, you do not only waste food but money.
The best way to save money and food is to make a list of the most important things and buy only those.
8. Save food carefully
Which vegetables and fruits should be kept in the refrigerator and which should be kept out of the refrigerator? This is million dollar question. Did you know that vegetables other than onions, garlic, and potatoes should be kept in the refrigerator? However, banana fruits should be kept out of the refrigerator and away from other fruits as it spoils the rest of the fruits.
9. Don’t Cook Much Food
The best way to save the wastage of food is to cook according to family members. A rough idea can provide you with the estimate. The meal cooked without any estimate always goes to the waste. For example, you have five family members. You should cook the meal for six to seven members. The food that is left can be used for dinner or breakfast.
10. Be friendly with your Freezer
In the modern world, freezing food is one of the simplest ways to keep it fresh and organic.
Green food that is too soft to use in your favorite salad, for example, can be frozen in freezer-safe bags. You can use them later according to need.
Extra herbs can also be blended with olive oil. These herbs can be chopped garlic and frozen in ice cube trays for a convenient and delightful complement. Leftovers from lunch and dinners and bulk meals such as soups and chilis can all be frozen very easily. It’s an excellent method to ensure that you always have a nutritious, home-cooked meal on hand.