Storing Food the Green Way

Storing Food the Green Way

Storing Food the Green Way

Food storage is a top priority for everyone who loves home cooking. It is also a thing of concern for those who love to buy food,mostly in large quantities, perhaps to serve them for a week or a month.

Knowing the right way to store food will bring about the following benefits:

  1. It will enable a balanced diet and maintain the nutritional value of the food.
  2. It reduces kitchen waste and prevents spoilage.
  3. Storing food also prepares one for emergency cooking or serving of food.
  4. It also helps in preventing food-borne illnesses caused by harmful bacteria, insects, or rodents.
  5. It makes one have the confidence to buy in bulk, thereby saving money.
  6. It will make seasonal food available throughout the year.
  7. It increases the shelf life of the food.

However, we find ourselves using plastic containers, plastic wraps, plastic bags, and plastic storage of all kinds on our shelves in storing foods. Plastics of all sorts have found their way into human lives and we have chosen to ignore the repercussions they could bring to the environment.

Fortunately, there are lots of ways we can store food without using plastic. They are still cheaper and contain less chemicals, and they also come in beautiful designs.

Here are healthy, environmentally friendly food storage methods:

  1. Mason jars: A mason storage jar is reusable, and they come in various sizes. They are good for storing both fresh and dried items. They are also good for storing cooked food. We normally buy jam, which is sold in mason jars. The empty bottles can serve as storage containers as their surfaces don’t absorb colors, germs, and smell. They are safe to use in the freezer and oven. With this container, there are no risks of harmful chemicals getting into our food.
  1. Glass food storage containers:It is easier to eat straight from this type of container, so it is best for small servings where you want to microwave and eat immediately. Some are made of tempered glass which makes them waterproof. The tempered ones that come in various colours and designs are a great choice for any child’s lunch at school.

They are safe for use in the oven, freezer, dishwasher, and microwave. That bad-smelling odour that plastic containers have because of retaining the stench of old food doesn’t happen in a glass container. Although it is more expensive than plastic, it will last longer when handled with care. The beautiful thing about it is that it is 100 percent recyclable, thereby saving the earth.

  1. Beeswax wraps:These are reusable wraps which are cotton sheets mixed with beeswax. They are similar to plastic wraps and used for food coverings. They can be beautifully crafted to be moldable, so you can use your hands to help press them over the surface of the plate or food item you need it to cover. A Great option for lovers of sandwiches or those who like to take snacks in plastic or aluminium foil. Furthermore, they are biodegradable and do not leave any sticky residue after washing.

They are  easy to clean in cold water and food fresh when kept cool. Keep away from heat.

  1. Stainless steel containers: Lightweight food storage containers. These are durable and can undergo a lot of wear and tear. Do not mistake a stainless steel container for aluminium. Always buy 100 percent stainless steel containers. They are reusable and  BPA-free. A very beautiful alternative to plastic for those who are afraid of using glass containers. Great for kids lunches and picnic use.
  1. Reusable silicone bags:These are flexible to use, just like plastic bags, but they are reusable. Good for snacks and sandwiches, they are also suitable for dried items. This silicone bag’s food-grade type is safe for use in the microwave, freezer, oven, dishwasher, and boiling water. They are heat-resistant up to about 400 degrees, unlike plastic bags which are not. They’re self-sealing and contain no BPA, latex, nor PVC. Due to their airtight nature, they keep food fresh, thereby locking in food nutrients.
  1. Silicone covers:A great plastic wrap substitution, especially when one wants to achieve a tighter seal around a container. They are a stretchy sheet kind of covering for pots, bowls, and jars. What’s more, they don’t lose elasticity even when used in a refrigerator or dishwasher. The silicone material used in it is safe for our bodies. Due to their airtight nature, they keep food fresh, and are easy to clean.

How To Cut Down On Water Consumption

Cut Back on Water Consumption

How To Cut Down On Water Consumption

 

Water dominates our ecosphere. It occupies up to 70% of the Earth [1]. Yet, much of it is not usable. We need clean water to survive as living beings, as well as sustain our environment. Water makes it possible for human activities to occur and this makes water crucial.

 

Unfortunately, more and more people are facing a clean water shortage. Water is one of the natural resources we should conserve from generation to generation.

How to Cut Your Water Consumption

Stop using your dishwasher (so much)

Dishwashers help you to wash plates easily and fast. They are useful, especially with lots of dishes. But each wash cycle can consume gallons of water. Enough to meet other water needs around the home. To reduce the consumption of water in society, always using your dishwasher is not advisable. Washing using the manual old way is the best option.

 

Enclose Water Containers

It is not only human activities that consume water, the environment does that too. Water reduces during the process of evaporation, which means water molecules escape from its surface in vapour form. This results in a decrease in overall water volume. When water is exposed, it is prone to evaporation and one way to avoid this is by covering the surface of the water.

 

Cultivate drought resistance varieties

There are plants which can survive in a hot environment. Those types of plants are called Xerophytes and they are drought resistant plants which do not need frequent irrigation. They can withstand that condition for months without wilting. Having these kinds of plants will save us from having to water each day.

 

Inspect Pipes and Faucets

Check regularly if the pipes and faucets around your home are punctured. The leaks from these ducts can lead to a loss of water because they can keep leaking for a long time when they are not detected. That is why regular inspection is necessary.

 

Benefits of Cutting Water Usage

It is necessary that we reduce the way we consume water. Check out the importance of cutting water usage below;

  • Cost-wise
  • Energy conservation
  • Management practice

 

Cost-wise

Cutting water usage is equivalent to cutting down the bills spent monthly. Water usage in industries and homes increases our bills and if we can reduce the quantity of water used for household work or in industries, our bill will reduce. That is when you will take the reduction of water seriously. Likewise, the cost of distributing water and its treatment lowers the expenses of individuals or governments.

 

Energy conservation

Some people use cold water, others prefer it warm or hot. Cooking generally requires hot water and heat energy is needed to boil the water. The heat and time depend on the volume of water. Thus, as the water reduces, heat energy and time spent decrease.

 

Management practice

Sometimes, excess materials around us make us lose management skills.  Reducing water usage will facilitate how we think about water. It will give space for prudence and availability of water for other uses yet to unveil.

 

Everyone needs to understand that water is valuable. There is no substitute for it. Water is worth more than other fluids. It quenches our thirst and serves us more than we care for it. Would you like to see water dry up? Start minimizing its consumption today.

 

References

[1] National geographic. Our oceans are under attack by climate change, overfishing.

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