Waste comes in many forms, but today we’re going to talk about one kind of waste: food waste.
According to a recent study, food waste has gone up by 50% since 1974. Thrifty-minded homemakers probably throw away much less than the national average, but still, waste is something that plagues most American households.
Even if you “purchase” an item for free, wasting it is still bad for the food budget. You will have to purchase something else to replace the tossed item.
5 Ways to Avoid Food Waste
Completely empty the bottle before opening another. Whether it’s dressing or sauce, make sure you finish out the bottle first. Once a new one is opened, it’s too much of a hassle to “rescue” the last few drops in the old one.
Freeze ripe pieces of fruit before they go bad. Bananas, pineapple, strawberries and even apples and oranges can be used in smoothies. Start a freezer container for extra fruit and save it for smoothie time.
Properly store produce: Bananas and tomatoes don’t store well in the fridge. Potatoes and onions can keep for weeks/months in a cool dry place. Regularly sort through the collection, weed out any products that are beginning to go bad and…
Prioritize what’s eaten: If you have a dozen apples in the fridge, look for any that have spots or dings and use them first. Perfect apples will keep much longer than dinged ones.
Eat leftovers: Do you ever pull out molding containers of spoiled food when clearing out the refrigerator? I have. It’s an awful feeling. Now two days a week “leftovers” are on the lunch menu. I have a leftover shelf and on leftover days we pull out leftovers and eat or freeze them. It’s cut down dramatically on waste!
These tips only barely scratch the surface! How do you help reduce waste in your kitchen?
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