Reduce Food Waste — Fridge Google

Dec, 14, 2016

By Fredrica Syren:

Ok, so how many times have you had a few different vegetables and other food items in the fridge, but you still stood there scratching your head because you didn’t know what to cook? And then, you either went shopping for more food to make a complete meal or called for a pizza? I know — I have done it. This can waste time, money and food, especially when instead I could have used Fridge Google.empty-fridge

This is a new expression: fridge Googling. Basically, it is the practice of searching for a recipe on Google by typing in the accessible raw ingredients you have for a meal.

For example, today is the end of the week, so I need to go grocery shopping. I have only a few ingredients to cook with and need to make a yummy meal for my family. I Googled fennel, tomato, onion and cream. Here are the results:

Tomato & fennel soup

Tomato & fennel gratin

Roasted Tomato & Fennel pasta sauce

Of course the problem can be that if you search, for instance, just the words “tomato and pasta,” you will end up with an endless number of recipes. So, the best advice is to be as specific as possible. For example, type in how you prefer your food cooked: vegan, vegetarian, fried, grilled, poached, etc. And you can add a minus sign (-) to get recipes that do not include things you don’t like (e.g. eggs, chicken, mushroom, ham or fried).

Happy Cooking!

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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