Food waste - Not with us!

22.06.2020

According to the WWF, 18 million tons of food is wasted in Germany every year - this corresponds to 571 kg of food lost per second.

Each of us has certainly seen such headlines about food waste. Particularly in the industrialized countries (including Germany), irresponsible behaviour is often observed.

But what exactly does food waste mean?

A distinction is made between two areas: food losses and food waste. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) declares food losses as a proportion that spoils or is lost. Vegetables that fall off the trailer during harvest, or food that spoils or is lost during packaging or transport.

Food wastage is called when food suitable for consumption is thrown away. This includes products that are thrown away because of their best before the date and are actually still edible or fruit and vegetables that are not bought because of their appearance and spoil.

What can you do about this?

Buy as regionally, seasonally and unpacked as possible. For example, you can leave out the plastic bags for the fruit and vegetables in the supermarket and replace them with reusable nets if necessary. If you can't do it without packaging, you should use reusable packaging.

Storage also plays an important role. If products are stored ideally, this can extend the shelf life immensely. For example, potatoes can be stored for a very long time if kept cool and dark, whereas if kept warm they germinate very quickly and are therefore no longer edible.

Planning is the key. Many people shop without planning what they want to use the products for. As a result, many products spoil in the refrigerator, either because too much is bought or because they are forgotten in the refrigerator. This also includes planning quantities. When cooking, you should roughly estimate who eats from the food and how much. Leftovers from lunch are very often thrown away, which you can definitely reduce or even avoid by planning.

Recycling of leftovers is the keyword when something is left over. So you can either freeze leftovers, or make a farmer's breakfast out of the leftover potatoes, or fried potatoes and the leftover noodles into a noodle casserole, or fried noodles with egg. If you need more inspiration, there are many websites, where you can enter your leftovers and recipes will be suggested.

Food sharing is a new movement that can help against food waste. Foodsharing is a way of giving or exchanging food so that it can be used. Mouth-robbery is a way to find fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes and much more in the area that can be harvested. This way you can save money, use regional fruit and vegetables and prevent the fruit from rotting.

What we do

At AskGeorge we place great value on not wasting food. Since we test many kitchen appliances, it is not always easy to implement this, but probably the most important tip: Before a product test is started, we first consider what we can do with the food afterwards. For a pizza from the Pizza oven or with a sandwich from the Sandwichmaker most people are still enthusiastic about it. With other appliances, however, better planning is required. For example, in a test for preserving pots, our testers ask which soups people like to eat. They make an extra portion for the vegetarians so that everyone can eat some and after opening a glass of soup nothing has to be thrown away. We also date food that goes into the refrigerator so that other testers can still use it. If too much was bought or cooked, we take the leftovers home. In addition, we often don't test all products on one day but distribute it over different days, so that, for example, the toasters don't toast a lot of products that can't be used in the end.