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Les Marchés Publics de Montréal
January 12, 2023

Resolutions to reduce food waste : 3 motivating challenges

All news Resolutions to reduce food waste : 3 motivating challenges

  • It’s not about deprivation, but rather about creativity;
  • To avoid getting discouraged from the start, make an inventory of your surplus and set a number of days to complete this challenge;
  • Adapt your everyday recipes;
  • Anticipate the multiple lives of surplus food (leftover rice can easily become a veggie burger).
  • Choose the option that suits you best: bulk buying, imperfect fruit and vegetable baskets, farm baskets or prepaid baskets a la carte;
  • Every week, try to cook a new recipe with seasonal foods to avoid getting bored with a food that’s always available (beets or squash, for example);
  • Adapt everyday recipes by substituting a few ingredients. There’s nothing like a rutabaga to replace a potato or beetroot in a recipe. I swear!

I also suggest the Eat Local Challenge, which takes place in September during the harvest season. Your public market will be the go-to place to shop, overflowing with fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables. You’ll save a lot of money! You can also take advantage of this time to stock up for the cold season!

Here’s a quick checklist to help you have fun with this challenge:

  • Sign up at defijemangelocal.ca;
  • Organize a Canning Party with your friends and family to share the knowledge and workload;
  • Make preserves for your popular everyday recipes (tomatoes for spaghetti sauce, marinades for sandwiches, etc.).

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