Each year, households waste hundreds of pounds of food. This waste also results in hundreds of dollars of wasted money. There are ways to make sure that your household wastes less food and as a result, saves money in the process. Take a look below at 25 ways to avoid wasting food. By just making a few small changes, you can be sure you waste less and instead make the most of your food supply and budget!
First, let's look at some simple tips for preventing food waste in the first place.
Tips for Preventing Food Waste
1. Shop from a list. When you plan a shopping list ahead of time you can be sure you are only purchasing food items you need.
2. Think before buying new products. If you haven't tried a certain food item before, ask for opinions first. Nothing is worse than buying a product and not liking it, then it ends up in the trash.
3. Buy smaller sizes when necessary. If you can't use all of the sour cream before it goes bad, or all of the eggs before they go bad, it is time to start buying smaller portions.
4. Invest in resealable bags. They are a great way to keep dried goods and other perishables fresh in between uses.
5. Always have aluminum foil on hand. Foil is great for keeping meat fresh and for freezing food items. Always keep a roll on hand for this need.
6. Grab a few bag clips. Bag clips or even simple clothespins are great for keeping cereal and chip bags closed and fresh, resulting in less waste.
7. Invest in quality Pyrex Storage Containers. A solid sealing piece of Pyrex is perfect for keeping leftovers fresh so they can be enjoyed the nextday.
8. Consider trying a Vacuum Sealing System. Such systems help you vacuum seal your food so it lasts longer and stays fresh for months.
9. Watch your portions and start off small. It is always easier to pour more cereal in your bowl than it is to put cereal you didn't finish back!
10. Plate your children's meals for them. This can help with portion control as well and keep them from putting more on their plate than they can eat.
Now that you know some simple ways to create less waste, let's look at how you can use up food products before they go bad. Because once they go bad, they go in the trash, and money is tossed away with them!
Ways to Use Food Before It Expires
11. Use soon to expire crackers as bread crumbs for meatloaf.
12. Crumble up soon to expire pretzels to use as a crunchy coating on chicken.
13. Shred leftover chicken and use it in a chicken salad.
14. Take leftover vegetables and use them in a stir fry.
16. Use leftover hamburger patties to make chili or even tacos.
17. Bake and cut leftover pizza into cubes to use as tasty salad croutons.
18. Freeze leftover soup into freezer bags and it will be good for weeks.
19. Puree soon to expire fruit and make your own fruit pops.
20. Save leftover citrus rinds to add to your homemade cleaning products.
21. Use rotten fruit and vegetables in your compost pile.
22. Use soon to expire milk to make pudding or other desserts that will last a 3-5 days before going bad.
23. Use a Food Dehydrator to make veggie and fruit chips from soon to expire produce.
24. Soon to expire cereal can be used to create a crunchy coating on meat. Bran and cork flakes are great for this. If your cereal does become expired it may be able to be used for crafts. Fruit Loops are great for crafting jewelry with kids or to play sorting games.
25. Use soon to expire yogurt to make yogurt pops. Just freeze in an ice cube tray and enjoy!
Recipes Using Leftovers:
- Recipes to Use Up Leftover Chicken
- Recipes to Use Up Leftover Roast Beef
- Recipes to Use Up Leftover Ham
- Recipes to Use Up Leftover Steak
- Recipes to Use Up Leftover Turkey
- Recipes to Use Up Leftover Chili
- Recipes to Use Up Leftover Fish
- Recipes to Use Up Leftover Spaghetti Sauce
- Recipes to Use Up Leftover Barbecue Chicken
See how easy it can be to waste less and save more? Give these tips a try and see how they can help you waste less food and keep more money in your pocket!