6 Tips for Spending New Year's Eve with Zero Waste

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It's a must-have treat for holidays and New Year's holidays, but there are many ways to minimize waste and enjoy your meal. In fact, this year's plan is expected to be small and with a small number of people due to the new coronavirus, but it is a great opportunity to try zero waste. With a little idea, you can cook without making garbage and without worrying about it.

Procurement of ingredients

1. Go Local/Seasonal: Aim to create meals around local ingredients and ingredients. Buying locally grown produce minimizes the distance traveled to get food to your table. In the United States, this logistics distance takes an average of 2414 km. If logistics is avoided by local production for local consumption, it will work gently on the earth without requiring transportation costs or energy. You can procure fresh ingredients by paying attention to where they are produced, and you can create a menu with seasonal ingredients. Stick to local wines, beers and ciders as well. Local production for local consumption is a great way to support the local economy. Buying locally not only saves money and is good for the environment, but you also get the freshest, most flavorful ingredients.

2. Sometimes saving time is important
I don't know if frozen food has become a necessity in our busy modern society. Many things such as cut vegetables and fruits are conveniently boiled, saving you time and effort. However, fresh ingredients are rich in vitamins, taste and texture are good, and not only do they contain no preservatives, but they also reduce the amount of bags and plastic used in packaging. It also sets a good example for physical health and future children. That said, there are some things you should be careful about when buying fresh ingredients. If you put it in the refrigerator as it is, it will go bad quickly, so it is important to transfer it to a container or wrap it in paper to keep it properly fresh.


3. Let go of disposables

I don't know if there will be a limited number of places to gather this year, and from a hygiene point of view, it seems that disposable paper plates will overflow, but it is believed that disposable paper plates will lead to serious problems in the future.
The most sustainable way to set your table is still to use real plates, cutlery and glasses. Ingredients served on clean tableware are pleasing to the eye, and most importantly, they help reduce waste. It's hard to clean up after the number of people gather. It is important not to increase the number of dishes and to be hygienic, so be sure to put marks and tags on them and manage them yourself. We recommend that each person bring their own tableware, storage containers, and cutlery as much as possible.

4. Focus on nature <br> Please look to nature simply for decorations such as celebrations and parties. Enjoy winter squash, sustainable beeswax or soy wax candles, and colorful seasonal flowers on your table. It can be eaten or composted after the event is over. Holiday decorations may be cute, but there's a beauty, comfort, and warmth that only nature can provide. Ideas such as dried flower wall hangings are endless.

Turn to Nature

cooking and food waste

5. Set aside leftovers and scraps
Instead of throwing away the vegetable skins, roots, and scraps that come out when you cook, store them in airtight containers or silicone food bags. Once your bag or container is full, make a delicious homemade vegetable soup. Vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, onions, celery, leeks, garlic, tomatoes, mushrooms, herbs, and corn on the cob add depth and flavor to the soup. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and asparagus will make the soup bitter and should be avoided as much as possible. Put carrots, onions, celery, and bay leaves into a pan with coarsely chopped pieces, add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Boil until thick soup. When the soup has thickened after slow simmering, put it in an ice cube tray and freeze it for one serving. This rich and aromatic A variety of soups can be used as a base for soups or to make stews, curries and special sauces. It's great to be able to make a special soup from leftover vegetables that brings out the depth and rich flavor of the dish.

6. Reduce food waste

The amount of food loss in Japan is 6.43 million tons per year (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of the Environment, 2016 estimate), and about 1,760 large (10-ton) trucks are discarded every day. This equates to about 51 kilograms being thrown away per person per year. During the year-end and New Year holidays, there is a lot of shopping for groceries, and there are more opportunities to invite people to cook large meals.

What you can do to eliminate food waste

・When purchasing, check the expiry date and cook so that there is no waste.

・When I invite guests, I tend to make a lot because I'm worried that I won't have enough food.
However, be careful not to make too much so that you don't waste it as much as possible.

・When you go home after making a purchase, it's surprisingly common to make duplicate purchases.
Write a list of ingredients you need before you go shopping and make minimal waste purchases that are gentle on your wallet and gentle on the planet.

・Some ingredients can be cooked with the skin on.
Know vegetables and fruits rich in nutrients and vitamins and cook them deliciously.
Pumpkins and lotus roots that can be eaten boiled are delicious with the skin.

antioxidant , vitamins, dietary fiber We recommend cooking cucumbers, carrots, eggplants, potatoes, and sweet potatoes as they are.
Depending on how you cook it, it will be delicious and there will be no waste.

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