In the United States, 40% of the food that's grown, harvested, and transported is never consumed. Some of this is due to spoiling, but the majority is good food going to waste for no reason. In restaurants, it can be very difficult to both see your food waste and reduce it. One easy step you can take to reduce food waste is to reuse ingredients for different meals.
Reusing ingredients may seem like a great way to have a lot of spoiled food but it has the opposite effect! When you use the same ingredients in different dishes, it gives you the freedom to buy food without fear of no one ordering and eating it. You can easily reduce food waste by simplifying your ingredients.
Use the "Taco Truck Mentality"
Think about the menu of a taco truck; there's a myriad of different dishes with a lot in common. The basic ingredients of a taco (meat, onions, cilantro, tortilla) are very similar to that of a burrito. The biggest difference is the size and the addition of rice and beans. You can use this in your restaurant! You can make a wide variety of food using a smaller variety of ingredients.
Simplify Your Menu
Determine what your most popular dishes are. What ingredients do you need for those meals? What else can you make with those ingredients? Slim down your menu to meals you can make with similar ingredients. This will allow you to use all the food you order!
If you want to read more about reducing food waste, here's a handy guide to help you!
Reducing food waste may seem like a daunting task. Simplifying your menu is an easy step you can take to reduce food waste in your restaurant. Try it today!