Here are some efficient tips I’ve been implementing to help me up my game and minimize waste especially in Ramadan. Doing this is so important as it helps us stay true to the purpose of fasting —attaining deeper mindfulness of God— and show true gratitude for the incredible blessings we enjoy.
I know how disheartened I am when I’m cleaning out my fridge and realize there are completely untouched groceries that have gone bad. Despite our best intentions, we find that we are sometimes wasteful. However, there is no better time than Ramadan to change good intentions into good habits, so let’s do this!
1. Make a list and put some blinders on? Grocery stores in Ramadan are a pandora’s box of unfulfilled food dreams my friends. So write a simple shopping list, and stick to it. You’ll be less tempted, I promise!
2. Efficiency shortcuts to double your fridge life #winning. I’m usually in a rush when I’m putting away those beautiful fresh groceries, especially in Ramadan. So I’m not about to give any fancy storage tips. Instead, here’s a few super easy tricks to help you maximize your hard earned money.
Herbs → Wrap a paper towel around those bunches of herbs and place back in the bag. Or quickly stick a paper towel into that spinach box. They’ll stay fresh, green and dry!
Veggies → Zucchini or bell peppers starting to get soft? Chop them up, sauté in olive oil with spices and herbs, add water to simmer until soft then blend into a delicious and healthy soup.
Protein → Portion and freeze your chicken, meat or fish in ziplock bags for quick and easy thawing and zero waste!
Fruit → Don’t let those berries or apples down. Rinse, chop and freeze in a ziplock bag for smoothies, yummy muffins or applesauce!
Bread → Notice you’re not eating as much bread this week? Close the bag tightly and freeze for next week! You can put the slices directly in the toaster, or thaw the bag in the fridge.
3. Finally, keep it real! Minimizing waste starts by identifying what you’ll actually use. Be proactive by quickly thinking of your schedule for the week. If you even have one iftar to attend this week, are eating out for a night, or have leftovers still to finish, buy much, much, less! Trust.
To be as fortunate as we are means we have to show gratitude for our blessings and make every effort not to waste, both in Ramadan and throughout the year. I hope these tips help you and us all build more productive habits towards a waste-free lifestyle inshaAllah.
Written By: Ruqayyah Ahdab, Islamic Relief Canada