We’ve all thrown away food that was perfectly edible because it didn’t look appealing to us or it was a couple of days old. Throwing away food is not only wasteful, but it’s also bad for the environment because it wastes energy and water. These tips will help you decrease the amount of food you throw away while also saving you money.
Make Food Plans
By planning and sticking to a grocery list, you can cut down on your food waste. If you buy tons of fruits and vegetables, wash, cut, and store them as soon as you get home so when it’s time to prep them your ingredients will be good to go.
Perhaps the best way to cut down on food waste is to make the most out of your leftovers. If you have leftover vegetables from last night’s dinner, make an omelet with them. Or freeze leftover soups and casseroles so you can enjoy them another time.
The use-by date doesn’t mean that the foods are no longer good if it’s past the date. The dates are labeled to ensure the best quality, but many canned foods can go passed the expiration date. If you’re not into this idea, food banks are more than happy to take these foods.
Feed Your Garden
Vegetables can usually be regrown by sticking their roots in water. Other foods like fruits, veggie scraps, eggshells, and ground coffee can be tossed into a compost bin which can later be used to add nutrients to your garden.