Do you know how many billions of US dollars are spent on uneaten food per year? Or how fermentation can help you cut down on your grocery bills?
Cutting down on our waste and making green lifestyle choices has always been important to Mortier Pilon, and we encourage people to make the most out of their perishables by cooking up delicious preserves. But when we did our research on food waste, we were pretty shocked by the statistics.
Food waste: The real cost
Did you know that 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted each and every year? Or that the total cost of food waste amounts to around $1.3 trillion US dollars annually? Indeed, if wasted food were a country, it would be the third-largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions – right behind the US and China.
Let’s not forget how many millions of people all that wasted produce could feed, and compare that with how many adults and children are going hungry around the world. It’s also estimated that the average American household could throw away $645 on food waste per year.
Just take in some of these facts…
The world takes action against food waste
Things are getting better though, and the international community is paying attention. Right now, the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) aims to reduce food waste by 50% by the year 2020.
Meanwhile, the United Nations outlines its hope to halve food waste per capita by the year 2030 in its Sustainable Development Goals. On top of that, organisations like FoodCloud are teaming up with food businesses in Ireland and the UK by taking their uneaten produce and safely distributing it to charities and food banks.
But we can’t be complacent. Eliminating food waste begins at home.
How fermentation can help
When it comes to food waste, the benefits of fermentation seem obvious. Preserving food in Mortier Pilon fermentation jars gives your dishes a new lease of life – meaning fewer food items thrown in the trash.
The number of fruits and vegetables that fermentation can be applied to is enormous. For now, we’ll start with three suggestions that you can try at home.
Stumped for recipe ideas for that cabbage lurking in the fridge? Fear not – try turning it into delicious fermented sauerkraut! This stalwart of European cuisine is perfect for giving new life to cabbage leaves nearing their expiry date. Plus, it tastes even better when used in Polish pierogi recipes or served with juicy sausages!
Try the Mortier Pilon Simple Sauerkraut recipe.
Dressings and Condiments
Revitalize your extra cucumbers by making your own preserves and condiments! DIY fermentation retains the natural nutrients in this fruit, along with adding probiotic power – ideal for promoting digestive health. Best of all, this method is environmentally-friendly, fun and tasty!
When reducing food waste, this versatile dish is a kitchen hero! Kimchi works wonders with a wide range of vegetables – all you really need are high-quality fermentation jars and a bit of imagination.
Variations of this Korean superfood mainly use nappa cabbage, radishes or cucumbers, while popular seasonings include garlic and scallions. Besides reducing waste in your kitchen, kimchi is also ideal for a fun get-together with friends.
Why not get started with Mortier Pilon’s recipe for Kimchi Baechu?
How do you reduce your food waste at home? Share your favorite environmentally-friendly recipes and tips with us!