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5 Ways to Prevent Food from Going to Waste

Don't Kick Food Waste to the Curb--Prevent It

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  • I started making a list of what fruit & vegetables I have on hand to put on the fridge, I cross out what is used up & circle the foods I need to use the next day, so less waste, I live in a apartment and all fruit & vegetable scraps are put in a compost bin. I do not mark foods as I would be constantly doing this, but with my list I know what to look for in the fridge to use up. If I plan on making something using vegetables I can look & see what I need to buy to add to it. I do not tend to look in the back of the fridge, so this allows me to know what to look for to eat up. I do not write the amounts of the items, I check when I want to use the food 1 day ahead to check the amount I have left.
  • I have the same problem with spinach, I think I will freeze some also. I am single and have a cheap fruit & vegetable market 2 blocks away. I shop there 2 times a week, but some vegetables I have to get in my main supermarket I shop 1 time per. week. Another idea I can use is freezing vegetables for soup while they are still good. I try to plan my menu based on what is on sale and what is on hand to use up, especially in the fridge. I have to work on the food in the back of my fridge getting used up in time, especially vegetables. Some is in containers and labeling will not help because I need to know every vegetable in the fridge & can not look at all containers constantly.I think what will help if I make a weekly list of what vegetables I have in the fridge to use up & look at it daily so I use it up & not overbuy. The fruit is O.K because I can see it easily and buy it when I get low on it..
  • We have a small deep freezer and it is always filled since I will freeze so many things. I will even freeze fresh spinach if I won't be able to eat all of it before it goes bad. Then just use it for a smoothie or added it to one of my soups or other "creations"
  • The amount of food waste is alarming when so many are hungry in our world.
  • AZURE-SKY
    Plan you meals around what is in season and what's on sale, instead of planning your shopping based on what you plan to cook.

    Do batch cooking based on what's on sale, so you don't have to pay full price for your groceries.
  • I like to use a cooking stock that does not have added sodium, but I can only find it in the 1 quart box. I have some large cube silicone ice trays, and I now freeze the left-over stock. Each cube is about 1/2 cup, and they are easy to remove from the silicone and store in a zip-bag. I make a pot of brown rice, portion it out into 1/2 cup servings, wrap it in plastic wrap, and then freeze. I have a slightly over ripe banana in my freezer now, great way not to waste and it makes a creamy smoothie.
  • These are good suggestions, but it would also help if you could buy more types of foods in small quantities. For example, smaller loaves of bread, fewer hamburger buns. Generally, when you can find smaller packages or food in bulk, it costs more to buy less than if you bought enough for a family of 4, so those of us preparing meals for one or two people are hit with a double whammy.
  • my last resort is not compost it is feed it to the chickens or pigs!
  • DLABUSCHA
    A note on the wasting of the food scraps:
    I have worms. You can get some worms and they will eat all the scraps from the table. (just no meat, dairy, very sour stuff) they will make you the BEST compost and the BEST plant food you will ever have. I does not stink and is very very east to do, I even forget about mine.
  • SSTUART39
    One great thing I discovered to do with broccoli stalks is peel the outer woody layer off with a paring knife and shred what is left and make broccoli slaw. Yum!
  • ETHELMERZ
    I put leftovers into plastic or glass containers, use a "stick em" note to write what's in there and the date. The most food wasted is always the vegetables and fruits, since we began the eating healthy plan, some Expert needs to finally admit that we toss a lot of that stuff because it doesn't really appeal to us to eat it in the first place, be honest, people!! I've had better luck with frozen veggies, just to make the family get in their veggies each day, but, seriously, salad stuff gets old because my family is not thrilled to eat salads, at least cabbage and cauliflower last longer in the fridge. There is reason that the Experts have to keep nagging us about produce, and have been nagging for Decades!!
  • I had been losing food in the refrigerator, so I started labeling the leftover containers. I use masking tape and a sharpie. Works great, and I know what I have, so not as much goes to waste. I also mark things that go in the freezer. That really helps me keep track of prepared foods.
  • TRENAMARIE
    I try freezing leftovers into small containers for days I don't have time to cook, it works for us
  • I tried the idea of planning my meals ahead and writing them on a chart but found I frequently needed to change, for example, one day I planned a meal that takes a long time to cook and didn't get home in time so I use index cards with the meals (and shopping necessities and which cookbook the recipe is in) on them. Then if I need to change I just shuffle the cards remembering that I do have ingredients in the fridge to be used up. I do pair meals that use the same ingredient, for example, mushrooms in the same week so less waste. I post them on a magnetic clip on the refrigerator so I remember to get frozen food out to thaw and my family can read them which eliminates "What's for dinner?" questions.
  • CRAMPERELLA
    I used to buy groceries once a week and lost most of it at the back of the fridge and much of it would get tossed at the end of the week. I now buy more frequently and waste way less.

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