Ways to prevent food waste
I remember hearing my mom over and over again saying "Don't waste your food because children in other parts of the world are starving". Of course I said the same words to my own children and just like me, they listened and didn't listen at the same time. Needless to say, now more then ever in this trying economy we all need to keep waste at a bare minimum. According to a recent study by an American University, the number is as high as 15% of food that is wasted by the average household. Perhaps some things get lost in refrigerators no matter what you do, but I have some suggestions that can help decrease the waste.
Make your own broth
Instead of buying sometimes costly canned meat and vegetable broths, try instead making your own by using cheap beef soup bones or the leftover stock from boiling chicken perhaps to be used to make chicken salad. Vegetable trimmings left over can be used to make a veggie broth. Stock can be put in glass canning jars two inches from the top to allow for expansion of fluid and froze for several months.
Use leftovers within your own family to make yummy omelets, wraps or even soups. Always use caution in refrigrerating leftovers no matter how they'll be used.
Freeze extra bread
Whether you have just gotten a great deal on bread and bought ump-teen loaves, or the french bread got stale; freeze it. I've made some great french toast, bread pudding and even my own bread crumbs this way. Can you see the dollars just flowing into your bank acoount?
Make smoothies with overripe fruit and Vegetables
Just about any type of fruit and vegetables can be made into tasty smoothies without any specific recipe and they are very healthy. Bananas can look very un-appetizing when they turn brown and mushy but in a smoothie with strawberries ,peaches or berries they are great .
Eating out and the Carry Home (The Doggy Bag)
When you and your family do go out to eat at restaurants, don't be ashame to bring your own containers from home for the leftovers, or just ask for their carry-out cartons. Often meals are so large that they can be for lunch or dinner the next day. Also many restaurants will be more than happy to split an entree into two plates, so you can save money while your out also
Clean the Frig
Don't wait for the next biology experiment to develop in your refrigerator. Clean it out once a week. Unless you do a thorough check of the frig, it's easy to forget about those cucumbers or that good deal on broccoli you got two weeks ago. It can get nasty folks.
Give the cook a break
It's usually mom or sometimes dad, but whoever the cook of the house is, they need a break,. My suggestion is maybe once a week have the family do some foraging inside the refrigerator. Many good meals are found that way. Bon Appetit !!