How to Reduce Food Waste at Home
Reducing food waste in my home is an ongoing battle. Wasted food costs my family money; money that could be better used on other things. It also costs the environment as well. A lot of energy when into producing the food that I purchase and all of that has been wasted if the food goes in the trash can. Here are some simple ideas that you can use to reduce the amount of food that your family wastes.
- Sit your apples, bananas, oranges and other similar fruit out on the counter in a pretty bowl so that they are visible to your family. The fruit is more likely to get eaten than if it is hidden away in your refrigerator.
- Prepare any fresh produce as soon as you get it home from the grocery store. Wash celery, peel and cut cucumbers, shred carrots, etc. Some of these can even go in your freezer! If the produce is already prepared, it will take you less time when you are cooking and you will be more likely to use up this produce before it goes bad.
- Before you make your weekly meal plan, go to your refrigerator or pantry and take a look at the produce that you already have on hand. Build meals around these vegetables or fruits so that you can use up what is currently in your house.
Other Perishable Items
- Keep an eye on that jug of milk and make sure that your family uses it up before it goes sour. You can incorporate milk into recipes in your weekly meal plan in order to use any remaining milk.
- Your weekly meal plan can also incorporate any items that you may have in your freezer. To avoid freezer burn, try to use older items first and take an inventory before you do your weekly shopping.
- If you have leftovers, transfer food to a freezer bag or other suitable storage container. Freezing your leftovers can extend the time you have to eat it. Take it out and defrost in the microwave.
- Serve smaller portions to your children. They can always ask for more instead of wasting the food on their plates.
- Plan in one or two nights a week for a leftovers night (no cooking). Pull out any food from your fridge that needs to be eaten and serve them up. Building these nights into your weekly meal plan will allow you ensure that these are eaten before they go bad.
Save your family money each week by not wasting food! Don't grow science experiments in your refrigerator - implement some of these tips this week and see the difference! If you have any other great ideas for not wasting food, share them below!
About the Author
Kristy Rose is always look for ways to save money in the kitchen and tries very hard to reduce the amount of food that her family wastes. She is also passionate about writing, especially on Hubpages. If you want to join the Hubpages community, START HERE and you can publish your first article today!