Food waste is a huge problem in the United States. Every day, food is wasted not only in restaurants but also at home. Reduce food waste in your home and make your food (and money) go further with these simple tips for reducing food waste.
Reduce Food Waste in Your Home!
We are all trying to be smart shoppers and run frugal households, but do you think about how much food most of us waste every day? Food waste is a huge issue for most families.
I would like to guess I’m not the only one who’s has found rotting, moldy cheese and vegetables in my fridge. Have you ever pulled that crisper drawer out to find your lettuce is no longer edible?
Raise your hand if you’ve gone into your pantry looking for something only to find all kinds of stuff you had forgotten about?
Food waste really a big problem in this country. I’m sure this doesn’t shock you at all. Afterall, we have all been there, done that. But I want to stop the cycle of waste. Why do you say? Every time we have to through food out we are actually just throwing our money in the trash.
According to the EPA;
“About 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. In 2014, we disposed of more than 38 million tons of food waste”
Are you ready to stop the waste?
Ways to Reduce Food Waste In Your Home
Plan In Advance
You probably already plan your grocery shopping trips, but try to be extra diligent. Plan out your meals and only buy the fresh food you need to make those meals. Even if fresh produce is on sale, and you don’t use it up then you will end up throwing it away.
But remember to ALWAYS shop in your refrigerator first!
Try to stock your refrigerator with older items in the front, so they get used up first. If something has been on the front shelf and not consumed, maybe it is time to freeze it. Organize your freezer the same way if you can, and you will be more likely to consume food items that need to be used up first.
Clean out your pantry regular. The first in and first out stocking strategy is still a good idea, but as you clean the pantry check the product’s expiration dates. If something will expire soon, try to make a plan to use it for an upcoming meal.
If boxed items in your pantry get stale before they are used up, then invest in some reusable and resealable containers that preserve freshness.
Use Up Leftovers
Have a ‘whatever’ dinner night. Choose one night a week to use up leftovers, or make a meal out of the remnants. Let everyone in the family pick what they want to eat, but make their choice from the leftovers or need to be used up food.
Find new ways to use up a product that is wilting or soft. Many veggies can be frozen to use later for soup stock, and overripe fruit is great for nutritious smoothies.
Share or Donate
Share with others. If you have a recipe that is better doubled, then share with a friend or neighbor. Do the same or donate to your local food bank if your garden is overabundant this year.
It just takes a little effort and planning to reduce food waste in your household. You will save money and can feel good about not throwing good food in the trash.