I did a post on this subject a couple of years ago. This morning as I was cutting up some bananas that had gotten overripe to go into the freezer I started thinking about how many people waste food and never think much about it.
Most food is thrown out each week because it is not eaten before it goes bad. The NRDC reports that 40% of all edible food products in the United States is wasted each year. That is around 34 million tons!! Food waste occurs at many levels. Farm fresh veggies and fruits are often left unharvested because their appearance does not meet aesthetic standards imposed by the grocery stores. A lot of times it is simply that many people just buy more than they will use. Food waste represents the single largest component of all municiple solid waste going into landfills.
Shop smarter by planning your meals for the week. I have been doing this several years now and it has made a huge difference. Once I started doing this it saved me from having to make multiple trips to the grocery during week. This has saved me time and money. I don’t really know how much it has saved us in fuel alone! We live pretty far from town so every time I was having to go to the grocery it was costing quite a bit just in gas. It is also a known fact that you spend more money on meals when we shop like this.
Before you start making your list you should inventory your pantry, fridge and freezer. Then make your list and stick to it. We tend to over buy when we are hungry so don’t shop on an empty stomach!!It really helps to organize your fridge and put leftovers at eye level so they can easily be seen. If you see some items that might go bad before you will eat them, freeze them! Many foods will last for months if they are frozen.Fruits are especially good to do this with. They make great smoothies and can easily be used to make delicious jams. Tomatoes are another food item that freezes well and can be used in so many different dishes.Wilted veggies like celery, carrots, soft tomatoes and broccoli can be used in soups, stews or made into awesome veggie broth.A great way to use your veggie peels is to compost them. Here is a picture of our grandson that I took a coupe of years ago. He loves when they come to visit to help me take the peels to the compost pile.
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