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5 Ways to Prevent Food from Going to Waste

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


10/6/2015 1:23:45 PM

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 10:27:55 AM

RENEETC1's SparkPage
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 6:13:57 AM

I try freezing leftovers into small containers for days I don't have time to cook, it works for us
7/3/2015 7:47:45 PM

SUGARPLUM85's SparkPage
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.
9/28/2014 6:10:14 PM

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 9:16:30 AM

B-NANA's SparkPage
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 7:19:05 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 7:01:38 AM

Great ideas.. Thanks SP :)
8/9/2014 7:48:24 AM

MM11113's SparkPage
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.
7/21/2014 8:59:15 PM

I liked the suggestions for what can be done with scraps & leftovers.
4/10/2014 5:25:42 PM

JODYANNA's SparkPage
Good article...motivating! And I enjoy reading the comments from others. There are a lot of good thoughts there, too. By the way, some foods ARE good for your dog, but please check with your vet first as was suggested.
10/14/2013 1:22:04 PM
10/14/2013 1:20:43 PM

Simply fantastic article!! Great suggestions too. The suggestion of composting was the best.I also liked the other idea wherein making of broth using raw veggies was suggested.
8/28/2013 11:57:38 AM

NANA-B-FITZ's SparkPage
I clicked the link for.... Freezing and Food Safety information
It said the page has moved
8/28/2013 7:32:02 AM

9CATMAN9's SparkPage
Another great solution to many issues is: Buy a Juicer! All to often neglected are the multiple benefits you can reap by "juicing" fruits and vegetables. In the property I asked for from my divorce was my juicer. At 61 yrs old I am again juicing almost "everything". Green beans, carrots, celery, spinach, and it may be a little wilted...but that's OK! I save tons of money now..juicing fruits...grapes, tomatoes, apples, even catalope, watermelon, etc. My weight has dropped my energy level is "jacked" and my appetite is much better controlled. Read myrecent blog for more . Best of all....NO MORE WASTE! Try it...u will love it! Scott

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