10 Tips for Restaurant Food Waste Reduction
Can you estimate the amount of money you dump in the trash every day? You can or cannot, but you should be willing to know how to reduce this wastage and increase your profit by learning and applying the various tips that will help you maintain a clean and green restaurant, improve your business acumen, and increase returns on your investment. Restaurants trash tons of food everyday whereas millions of people are starving to death all over the world.
Thank to our friends from visit their website; here are ten tips and good reasons on how you should avoid food wastage in your restaurant.
- Avoid overbuying fresh produce
If your fresh products vendor has large stock, there is the urge to buy more than you needed normally. Then, when you are not able to make use of them or preserve them before they are spoilt, it has amounted to wasted food and financial loss.
- Note exactly what you want when placing orders
Do you want to gain advantage of a sale and do not want all the food to peak simultaneously? Then, order and receive the products in stages of ripeness to reduce wastage.
- Inspect all food orders upon arrival
Check all your product orders by inspecting them carefully to know if the products are going bad before accepting the order.
- Pre-cool hot items before storing them in a refrigerator
Avoid the growth and survival of bacteria by pre-cooling hot items before storing them in a refrigerator. You can also use ice bath, cooling paddle or chill blaster to cool your products and items.
- Keep everything labeled and organized
Ensure to make use of food labels to specify and indicate the type of product the item is, the date of arrival, and the expiry date. In addition, apply the FIFO method, that is ‘first in first out’ rule to determine that products and items that come earlier be used first before the new ones.
- Initiate proper portion control
You can use portion control scales to make sure that your staffs prepare the needed quantity of food. If you undertake this measure, you will be able to save both food and money.
- Ensure that your refrigerator and freezer are maintaining proper temperatures
Ensure that your freezer or refrigerator has a standard refrigerator or freezer thermometer.
- Anticipate and create
Are there some products and food items that you think you may not be able to sell off before they got spoiled? Then, you can sell them off at reduced prices that you can still make some reasonable profits than to leave them to get spoiled and you suffer total loss.
- Store products properly
You should store your food products in standard food boxes and food packaging wraps in order to prevent wastes and losses from cross-contamination with other harmful substances.
- Donate the food you will not use
A better option will be to donate the leftover food to the Food donation centers that will benefit the needy and less privilege ones. This is a very good humanitarian gesture to save the starving populace.