Today I went through our fridge and dumped a lot of leftovers. It was easily 8 meals worth of food. I am sad that I had to throw it away and how it mostly could have be avoided with a little planning which I will get to late. But did you know according to the EPA, “In 2010 more than 34 million tons of food waste E20-002 was generated.”
That is a lot of food. And it’s not just food being throw away, it’s money. Food costs money. Again according to the EPA, ” That means we are throwing away a lot of our money. Often, simple changes in food purchasing, storage and preparation practices can yield significant reductions in food waste generation. Not only will this reduce waste, but it will make your food dollars go further. Food waste cost savings have even greater potential at commercial establishments. Saving food means saving money.”
Here are some things that I have learned about waiting food and attempting not to.
1. Don’t procrastinate. One of the dishes that was full that ended up in the garbage was easily freezable and would have easily fed us another meal. I thought about it when I went to put it away, then I just forgot about it. Then the days went on and before I knew it, it was time to throw E20-005 it away. All that food down the drain, literally.
2. Repurpose the extras. Rarely does a recipe in my house call for a whole onion so I often have leftover onion. Most of the time I throw it in a baggie and into the fridge. But even then, it gets forgotten. A better thing to do is chop the rest of the onion up and freeze it for a future time. Then you can rest assure it won’t go bad.
3. Freeze what you can. So much food is able to be refrozen. If yours can be, freeze it and enjoy it for a later day.
4. Have a leftover night. I think these are actually pretty fun. Bring out all the leftovers that couldn’t be frozen, heat them up and throw them on the table. Sure your family may be eating tacos with chicken and dumplings, but that’s ok.
5. Composte! When you finally have food that needs to go, try composting. Check out this easy HOW TO article about doing it. Feed your garden after you feed your family!
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