Stop wasting your food, now! It's easy
Yes, food inflation is increasing. So it’s all the more important then to ensure we don’t waste food. But while we exercise restraint at home, scruples about being economical fly out the window when it comes to restaurants, cafes and pubs.brunch Updated: May 19, 2012 17:42 IST
Yes, food inflation is increasing (nimbus are Rs 5 a piece, bhindi is Rs 180 a kilo). So it’s all the more important then to ensure we don’t waste food. But while we exercise restraint at home, scruples about being economical fly out the window when it comes to restaurants, cafes and pubs.
That’s a shame, considering how simple it is to direct servers and guard our own actions when ordering and eating food. We’ve all heard of ordering wisely, for instance, but how many of us actually try and reach a situation where all the food ordered has been consumed without any waste? The situation gets worse when it comes to all-you-can-eat buffets, where even the most sparing of us eaters are guilty of leaving behind food on our plates.
Another bugbear, especially for me, is when people do not stop water bearers in restaurants from filling up their water glasses, even when they know they’re about to leave, and will not drink any more water. Once the water is in your glass, it’s jhoota, so obviously no one can drink it. So next time, hold your hand over your glass and stop waiters from filling it up if you’re not going to drink it. And let them fill it up to the level that you are going to drink it; for very often, if you are going to drink an ice tea or fresh lime soda as part of your meal, chances are you’re not going to drink a full glass of water also.
Another useful tip to remember when ordering in is to return condiments you are not going to use back to the waiter who delivers your order. This includes all the sauces you get with Chinese food, or the pickle and
-onion combos you get with Indian food. The waiter will resist eventually, but convince him (or inform the restaurant beforehand) and you’ll save these from directly going to your dustbin.
So next time you order a meal, watch your waste, not just your waistline.