10 Things You Can Do to Stop Wasting Food #NoFoodWasted

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Can you believe the average person wastes 244 pounds of food each year?

I joined the #NoFoodWasted campaign wagon because….. well, I know I’m easily throwing away that much food every year.

When I go through my bi-weekly ritual of cleaning out the fridge to make room for new groceries, I can’t deny it….

*hangs her head in shame*

So I wanted to share with you,

10 Things You Can Do to Stop Wasting Food

  1. Freeze Food that is almost expired in order to preserve it. I just started doing this and it has actually been a life saver! I have frozen bacon and hot dogs, and let me tell you. This short order cook is often asked to make those foods magically appear. Now they can, cause they are in the fridge!

  2. Eat your leftovers. Minimize food waste by eating leftovers. You could save up to $175 per month! This is a no brainer, right?

  3. See if your city has a community compost. Many cities and towns have community drop off points or municipal pickups. If not, see #7.

  4. Share extras with friends, family or co-workers. Cooked too much food? Share extras with friends, family or co-workers. They’ll thank you and your food won’t go to waste. I’ll tell you what, I have given my sister, who is a teacher, my leftovers to bring to school and they LOVE me. Everyone wants to be loved.

  5. Eat before you shop. Man, do I need to take this advice! Why is it I always go shopping when I’m starving? And then you know what I buy? JUNK. Food shopping on a full stomach can help you avoid impulse purchases, which often wind up as food waste. Too true.

  6. Create a menu for the week and purchase only what it requires. I started this a few months ago, it has helped so much. I use a menu planner pad, and then create my grocery list from there. AND, if you can’t make it all, see #1, then you have one less meal to cook next week.

  7. Try Composting. Did you know? Some 14 percent of all the trash produced in America consists of food scraps! Why not try composting? We’re going to try vermicomposting! That’s composting with worms, you can do it inside! I’m psyched, stay-tuned for a post about it.

  8. Keep veggie and herb scraps in the freezer. I don’t know about you, but I am always buying too much parsley. I mean really, who needs a bunch? So stick it in a freezer bag and freeze it! You can do it with cilantro, onion peels, celery leaves, mushroom stems and other veggie scraps too. And if you’re really crafty, simmer them into a stock for soup.

  9. Make your own croutons and bread crumbs. Use stale bread for French toast, bread pudding, croutons, shake ‘n bake, meatballs or French onion soup.

  10. Do fondue! Combine small mixed scraps of cheese to make fondue, macaroni and cheese, salad or sliced fruit toppers.

 

A family of four spends $2,275 on groceries that are never eaten. I can’t even look at that number without getting a little queasy. If I had that back I could pay off my medical bills, or a credit card….oy.

I learned a lot by participating in this campaign, if you want to learn more go to bit.ly/nofoodwasted .

Here’s something for you to pin, help your friends out.

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  • Noelle Kaushik Snow

    Great post! I’m happy to say that I’ve started doing several of these things i.e. planning a weekly menu (and I post it on a white board in the kitchen so EVERYONE knows what’s for dinner), shopping from that menu, planning at least two dinners from those leftovers (saves me time), freezing bread heels (used those a few times already for recipes that called for bread crumbs), the tops to my organic celery and freezing leftovers that don’t get eaten that week. Funny how when they reappear a month later everyone likes them again. Oh and we’ve been composting for over 5 yrs and it makes me so happy to have place for my egg shells, peels, rinds, tea bags and of course dried leaves. DF also has community composting at the Township building. One tip I’ll add is doing an regular pantry and freezer purge – I tried this last year and it was eye-opening. I didn’t buy anything other than fresh produce or milk and focused on instead creatively using up whatever I had on hand. I realized then I’m a bit of a grocery hoarder – I stock up when something is on sale and then forget it’s in the back of the freezer or pantry.ReplyCancel

  • Ah! This is something I know I have to work on as well. Great suggestions here!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Louise! So many of them are things I definitely need to work harder at so I am going to give it a shot!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome tips! We sometimes cook a bunch more than we eat just to have dinner the next day without having to cook. I admit, sometimes single-servings of leftovers rot in my fridge, but more often than not we actually eat it. Or I simply freeze it for a quick dinner at some point.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Stephanie, it is definitely those suggestions that I excel at. And also menu planning. But I think I would love to get better at freezing the left over veggies, and composting!ReplyCancel

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