I’m not sure how things run in your home but in mine there’s a lot of good food that ends up in the trash. I actually once read in a magazine that American families reportedly waste close to 25 percent of the food they buy!! When you combine all that together, it’s enough to fill up a football stadium EVERY day! To me, this sounds absolutely crazy! If you think about it, there are so many families struggling to make ends meet so why is it that those same families donate so much to the trash?
Here are some ways to help you prevent waste, I hope you find it useful!
- Before you go out shopping, take inventory of your pantry and see what you already have so you wont buy things you don’t need.
- A bargain is not a bargain if you don’t need the item! If fruits and vegetables are on sale, don’t over buy thinking you’ll cook lots of healthy foods and then stock up your freezer. If you won’t have the time to actually cook, what good is it to have the produce sitting around?
- Don’t overcrowd your refrigerator; you won’t know what’s inside. Keep it clean and try to rotate the items so the older food comes to the front and gets used first.
- Your food will last longer in the fridge if it’s running efficiently. If the coils are loaded with dust, it will diminish the efficiency. The ideal temperature for a fridge is 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit; a freezer should be set to zero degrees.
- It might pay to invest in produce keepers that have top vents and bottom strainers. This will preserve the freshness longer.
- Every so often, serve a meal with all your leftovers. Believe it or not, your kids might just love this – they’ll get to choose their favorite dish!
- Try to recycle leftovers. Bread can be made into croutons or bread crumbs, chicken can be added to a salad or sandwich, vegetables can be turned into a soup and fruits can be great for a pie!
- Grow fruits and vegetables in the backyard with your children. You are less likely to waste food when you know where it comes from.
To follow all the steps listed above are definitely not easy however becoming aware of the problem is a step in the right direction and if we can try to be a bit more careful with our shopping and storing of our food, we’ll go a long way towards trimming our budgets – and trimming our “wastes.”