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5 Ways to Prevent Food from Going to Waste

Don't Kick Food Waste to the Curb--Prevent It

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  • I like to use a cooking stock that does not have added sodium, but I can only find it in the 1 quart box. I have some large cube silicone ice trays, and I now freeze the left-over stock. Each cube is about 1/2 cup, and they are easy to remove from the silicone and store in a zip-bag. I make a pot of brown rice, portion it out into 1/2 cup servings, wrap it in plastic wrap, and then freeze. I have a slightly over ripe banana in my freezer now, great way not to waste and it makes a creamy smoothie. - 1/28/2016 8:42:48 AM
  • These are good suggestions, but it would also help if you could buy more types of foods in small quantities. For example, smaller loaves of bread, fewer hamburger buns. Generally, when you can find smaller packages or food in bulk, it costs more to buy less than if you bought enough for a family of 4, so those of us preparing meals for one or two people are hit with a double whammy. - 1/28/2016 8:35:18 AM
  • my last resort is not compost it is feed it to the chickens or pigs! - 10/8/2015 4:22:31 AM
  • DLABUSCHA
    A note on the wasting of the food scraps:
    I have worms. You can get some worms and they will eat all the scraps from the table. (just no meat, dairy, very sour stuff) they will make you the BEST compost and the BEST plant food you will ever have. I does not stink and is very very east to do, I even forget about mine. - 10/7/2015 3:13:35 AM
  • SSTUART39
    One great thing I discovered to do with broccoli stalks is peel the outer woody layer off with a paring knife and shred what is left and make broccoli slaw. Yum! - 10/6/2015 4:30:00 PM
  • ETHELMERZ
    I put leftovers into plastic or glass containers, use a "stick em" note to write what's in there and the date. The most food wasted is always the vegetables and fruits, since we began the eating healthy plan, some Expert needs to finally admit that we toss a lot of that stuff because it doesn't really appeal to us to eat it in the first place, be honest, people!! I've had better luck with frozen veggies, just to make the family get in their veggies each day, but, seriously, salad stuff gets old because my family is not thrilled to eat salads, at least cabbage and cauliflower last longer in the fridge. There is reason that the Experts have to keep nagging us about produce, and have been nagging for Decades!! - 10/6/2015 1:23:45 PM
  • I had been losing food in the refrigerator, so I started labeling the leftover containers. I use masking tape and a sharpie. Works great, and I know what I have, so not as much goes to waste. I also mark things that go in the freezer. That really helps me keep track of prepared foods. - 10/6/2015 10:27:55 AM
  • TRENAMARIE
    I try freezing leftovers into small containers for days I don't have time to cook, it works for us - 10/6/2015 6:13:57 AM
  • I tried the idea of planning my meals ahead and writing them on a chart but found I frequently needed to change, for example, one day I planned a meal that takes a long time to cook and didn't get home in time so I use index cards with the meals (and shopping necessities and which cookbook the recipe is in) on them. Then if I need to change I just shuffle the cards remembering that I do have ingredients in the fridge to be used up. I do pair meals that use the same ingredient, for example, mushrooms in the same week so less waste. I post them on a magnetic clip on the refrigerator so I remember to get frozen food out to thaw and my family can read them which eliminates "What's for dinner?" questions. - 7/3/2015 7:47:45 PM
  • CRAMPERELLA
    I used to buy groceries once a week and lost most of it at the back of the fridge and much of it would get tossed at the end of the week. I now buy more frequently and waste way less. - 9/28/2014 6:10:14 PM
  • I HAD been tossing spoiled spinach into my compost bin way too often. Then a friend told me I should freeze part of the bag and just keep enough fresh for salad use. Frozen is great for smoothies and cooked dishes. No more wasted spinach now. - 9/28/2014 9:16:30 AM
  • Great info. I also freeze small amounts of left over veggies in snack size bags and they all go in the next veggie soup which I make every few weeks. The soup is different depending on what is on hand but always delicious. - 9/28/2014 7:19:05 AM
  • Great ideas.. Thanks SP :) - 9/28/2014 7:01:38 AM
  • This is a subject that I thought I was on top of, and turns out, I'm not. I can do a lot more! Thanks. - 8/9/2014 7:48:24 AM
  • I liked the suggestions for what can be done with scraps & leftovers. - 7/21/2014 8:59:15 PM

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