I like meal planning. My boyfriend doesn't care what we have for dinner. I usually give him too many options. So just planning ahead works really well for us. Then I know exactly what to buy at the store. It helps us waste less food and saves lots of money! I also give all my waste food to our chickens. They love it! :) And I don't feel as though it is quite so wasted. Then we save a little money on chicken feed too.
Wonderful article! The tip here that has made the most difference for me is the meal planning. I spend less to start with at the store when I plan meals, and my day is less stressful because I can tell what to defrost or prep the evening or morning before too. We sometimes adjust the plan, because one of us will be too tired to eat in, or friends are in town, or whatever, but it is easy, when you have a plan, to adjust that plan. I DO find that having a freezer and using it and cycling through the food in it, are a big help. You can't just toss everything INTO the freezer, when you're planning meals you have to keep the freezer content in mind and plan those frozen things back in, too. I've been trying the idea of dividing by portions as soon as I bring stuff home (or after a little rest, shopping can be a workout sometimes!). It works well, except for chicken. I find chicken so much easier to slice when it's somewhat frozen, that I sometimes forget to take it out and portion it later.
5/14/2010 5:24:45 AM
I try to plan our meals, but sometimes, my husband just wants to eat what he wants to eat, and the plan goes through the window, leading to some things being wasted. I can't really help that.
But I have learnt something new. I will try my hand at composting, even if it is just for my potted plants and tiny garden!
this was good, but nothing goes to waste on a farm. I get boxes of leftover or cuttings of greens from the back of the Gourma Greens store for our animals, but there is usually some stuff in there that we wash and use for our dinner table too. There is too much waste everywhere, wish there was more places to get stale stuff from. Lots of places won't even give it away, they just trash it.
Glad I came across this article. Earlier today I was disappointed that I am throwing out yet another half gallon of milk. I can never gauge how much milk I'll need. Sometimes if I buy the smallest size, it isn't enough. So I buy the half gallon and then it goes to waste. I guess there isn't really much I can do, except plan my usage a little better.
I have a compost pile and I utilize many of these tips.
4/13/2010 1:28:10 PM
No where do you make any suggestions for those of us who are single and find it hard to shop for food in a world there everything is in family size. A lot of the food I waste is because I just can not eat enough of it before it goes bad. So I have just stopped buying fresh veggies. Instead I buy frozen. They keep longer and I do not have to eat the same thing for days. Also not everyone havs a freezer, most singles are lucky to have a small freezer on top of their small apartment size fridge, so putting alot of stuff in the freezer doesn't work either there just isn't the room.
4/13/2010 12:27:47 PM
We started a compost pile last year, and just on Sunday we started digging through it -- there was a lot of material there for us to use for our garden, so we just saved probably $20-30 on compost for our garden by working on building up our own compost pile from over a year ago.
As for the bones and stuff like that - most chicken bones are too small for dogs to safely eat them. However, rats not only can eat the meat off the bones, they chew up the bones for extra calcium. Whatever "wastes" we don't compost (mostly animal products), we give to the rats. This includes things like moldy pieces of cheese, meat that isn't smelling "quite right" (cooked before giving it to the rats of course), and egg shells and their yolks we don't eat. An come Thanksgiving and Christmas time - oh boy, they LOVE that time of year!
4/13/2010 11:13:49 AM
Don't stop with just your own personal food wastage, bulk up your compost pile with food prep scraps from restaurants, spent coffee grounds from your local coffee shop, peels and rinds from juice bars. If you ask nicely and leave a bucket that you will promise to pick up daily, most places are happy to see this stuff serve a useful purpose.
4/13/2010 8:59:36 AM
Sadly I wind up throwing out fresh fruits and veggis - do not get to finish it all before it spoils. Store quantities are usually too large for me, Plus I Hate to shop more often than once a week
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