Are you one of those people that hate the idea of wasting food? Are you bothered by the idea of a kid or adult throwing away a plateful of food? If so then you are like most normal people. Wasting food was a cardinal sin in my home as a kid and I think that was engrained in my brain from that time. My kids have become better at clearing their plates and the only trouble we have is when friends come over. And while some people might not be concerned with food waste, we are.
Today, I want to share a few ideas that you could use to help prevent food waste. These are not mind blowing and they probably will not change the world. But they could help you save money on food and they will definitely help you cut down on the amount of food that you end up throwing away.
Almost every household has meat at dinner. In most cases the meat is chicken, fish, or beef. Regardless of the kind of meat it is, the chances are good that you will have some left over. Unfortunately the meat usually is forgotten and it goes bad. Why not use the meat again? A great way to use meat that has already been cooked is to chop the meat into smaller, bite size pieces, and then make a casserole out of it. This is a great way to make sure all the meat is eaten and it will also help you save time and money.
The green stuff is a righteous idea for many but it usually ends with stinky, soggy veggies. While we might have the best of intentions to eat all of the vegetables we buy, the sad truth is that half of them are usually forgotten about and they spoil. The great news here is that most vegetables freeze very well. The idea here is to cut the veggies into manageable sizes and then freeze them in zip top baggies.
Fruit is a big hit in my house so we do not usually have any problem with losing fruit to father time. However some homes do and that is why we need to follow this simple guide. As fruit ripens it turns darker and gets softer. While it might looks less appealing the truth is that the fruit is actually gaining sweetness fro mall the natural sugars. That makes older fruits a great option for making jams and jellies. It is super easy and the Internet is filled with millions of ideas and recipes on transforming the old fruit into amazing preserves.
Have you ever been in the process of making a particular dish that calls for an herb you do not have? If so then you too have probably gone to the store and bought a full bag worth of herbs only to use one or two stems. The rest will usually wilt and go bad and then you have lost a lot of money. After all herbs are not cheap. The good news is that you have two options to save your herbs. The first is to cut your herbs into small pieces and then place them in an ice cube tray. Cover the herbs with a broth or even olive oil and then freeze them. You then have proportioned herbs that can be used for numerous recipes. The other option is to tie a string to the herbs, hang them up, and allow them to dry.
Saving food is not a super hard thing to do. The truth is that we often do not give these ideas enough thought and we simply discard everything we think might be bad. A little planning and forethought can go a long way towards helping you save time and money.