Eid Fitr is just around the corner! In this second year of pandemic, we have gone through two Eids with the help of the internet and video calls with our extended family. Whilst we still have many limitations, don’t let the pandemic limit our interactions with relatives and loved ones.
After one month of fasting, Eid is time to celebrate. On the special occasion, people offer prayers to the almighty and gather for a lavish feast later in the day. A traditional Eid spread is an epicurean delight and a sheer indulgent affair.
We may get too consumptive on Eid that unwittingly, we have too many dishes to digest. Did you know that food wastage tends to go up during Eid and Ramadan? Let’s get more aware with what we consume during Eid to prevent excess food waste from our home. These are some tips you can try.
Prepare just enough food for the number of guests on the table. The Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: “The food of two people is enough for three, and the food of three people is enough for four.” (Sahih Bukhari no. 5392, Sahih Muslim no. 2059)
We can still feel Ramadan spirit in the morning of Eid. When we have excess food on the table, share the food to our neighbors and those in need.
We can utilize fruit peels or veggie stalks to become another delicacies. Surf the net and find countless kitchen scraps recipes, like stir fried cassava skin you can look up here!
When you are out at a social event or gathering which boasts an open buffet, avoid piling food on your plate. Be sensible when choosing what to eat, this way you avoid throwing excess food. Be modest and take the food in small portions. If you need more, you can add them later.
When we throw away our trash, they’re not gone; we’re just moving the problem. From your front yard to the landfill isn’t solving the problem. Hence the most proper way to treat your waste is to compost the kitchen scraps on your own. Instead of it going to landfills, the compost you make can become a source of nutrients for the soil. Or you can regrow your excess veggie stalks and use the compost at your own garden or give it to people who can use it. That way, you’re practicing sustainable consumption and production at home.
Eid is all about love and joy, and time to reflect on ourselves after a full month of fasting. So don’t let food waste piling up in our home that halts our happiness in the family gathering.
Written by: Melisa Qonita Ramadhiani