Every  year, ⅓ of the global food production is wasted. In Canada, this represents about 40% of the production, which is worth about $31 billion. Food waste happens at every step of the food supply chain from the production to the distribution and to our homes. This means efforts to reduce it can be done at every level.

For example, a Canadian family would waste the equivalent of about 28$ per week, or $1,500 per year (or a trip down south :))
Many anti-food waste movements are starting allover the world and Montreal is no exception!

There is no reason stay still! Browse our tips and tricks below and follow our Facebook page to have our latest ideas on how to reduce food waste at home!



Don't forget your freezer!

If, after cooking you are left with some shredded cheese, you can easily freeze it. If you want to keep a piece of cheese in the freezer, it can be a good idea to shred it beforehand. This way, you can easily use quantity you need every time and keep the rest in the freezer.

If you are left with a portion of food after a meal, you can do the same and freeze it. It will make a nice lunch for the next day.

Keep well to waste less!

All fruits and vegetables do not like to be kept in the same way. When we keep them the right way, we increase their life and we can keep them longer.

Here are a few examples of fruits and vegetables you should keep in the fridge or not!


In the fridge:

  • Broccoli

  • Cauliflowers

  • Carrots

  • Peppers

  • Spinach

  • Mushrooms

  • Zucchinis

  • Herbs

  • Ginger

  • Celery

  • Apple

  • Berries (blackberries, raspberries ...etc.)

At room temperature:

  • Avocados

  • Tomatoes

  • Potatoes (in a dark, fresh and dry place)

  • Garlic

  • Onions

  • Bananas

  • Kiwi

  • Pineapple

Fresh Herbs!

Fresh herbs are often fragile and do not keep for long. However, there are a few techniques that exist to keep them longer.

To keep fresh herbs, remove the withered stems and put the bottom of the remaining stems in a glass of water, just like a flower bouquet and keep them in the fridge.

You can also transform them in multiple fun ways:

  • Make a flavored butter by mixing the herbs with a little bit of melted butter. You can then freeze it in an ice cube tray to use it when you cook.

  • Grind the herbs with a little oil and also freeze in an ice cube tray.

  • Chop the herbs and make sure they are dry and freeze them in a plastic container while making sure they are not packed. You will then be able to add the desired quantity to make your recipes even more delicious!

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