Salads can help contribute to a healthier lifestyle, which is why it is worthwhile incorporating more into your diet. But once you have started eating more fresh salads, how can you stop wasting salad?
Only Buy What You Need
It is easy to get swept away at the supermarket or at the farmer’s market and bag every “good deal” or “special offer” by loading up on 5kg of tomatoes, a dozen cucumbers and four lettuces. But will you really be able to get through all those vegetables before they go off? Unless you have a very large family to feed, cut back on the amount of salad vegetables you buy when you go shopping and only buy what you reasonably need to get by. If you run out, you can always head back for one or two items you are out of, rather than risk wasting large amounts of food.
Store Vegetables Correctly
Prolong the life of salad vegetables by storing them correctly in the fridge or within green bags, such as Debbie Meyer Green Bags, which are designed to absorb and remove ethylene gas, thus preserving the contents for longer. Correct storage will help to reduce salad waste.
Serve Individual Portion Sizes of Salad
Preparing a large salad bowl for the whole family to enjoy is the method that many families use. However, a lot of uneaten salad often ends up being tossed away within a day or two if it is mass produced in this way.
Rather than throw away wilted, soggy salad, switch to serving individual portion sizes of salad instead. It is easy to prepare individual serving sizes. Have plates at the ready and as you chop and dice the vegetables, add them to each plate as you go along. This will give you a good idea of how much salad you need for your family. You might be surprised to see that individual serving sizes are a lot smaller than you thought. There is likely to be a lot less salad waste if each family member is served an individual portion size of salad.
Salad waste is a common problem in many households, as leftover salad does not keep long and it does not freeze for later usage. Reduce salad waste by only buying what you need to make a salad, storing vegetables correctly and serving individual portion sizes of salad, rather than making up a large family-size batch of salad that will be thrown away at the end of the meal.