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5 Ways to Prevent Food from Going to Waste

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


8/17/2013 1:40:45 AM

I really like the idea of using raw veggie scraps for making broth and even using the left over chicken bones for a chicken broth. Thanks!
11/19/2012 8:34:10 PM

CHRIS3874's SparkPage
all good points I would like to add that its good to keep a sharp eye on the fridge- I know its easy to forget what's inside before it spoils - especially vegetables.
9/24/2012 7:42:58 PM

NANASAMM's SparkPage
If you're lucky your compost pile just may produce beautiful vegetables all by itself. Mine gave me two perfect and delicious spaghetti squash!
9/7/2012 1:59:37 PM

These are actually good ideas! I save money by buying whole chickens and cutting them to portions myself. I freeze the scraps like the backbone and organs for stock, then after I eat the meat off the bones I also freeze those for stock. I save onion peelings, celery ends, and carrot bits for the stock too. I always have a big container of these scraps, and when it's full it's stock-making time! I also make my own raw fermented sauerkraut and pickles and plan to make my own apple cider vinegar from apple cores and skins once I get a bunch of apples. Leftover wine can be made into wine vinegar.
9/7/2012 1:48:23 PM

Great ideas. I do save my veggie scraps and freeze them until I have enough to make broth. I put them in the crock pot for 48 hours and then freeze them in ice cube trays so you can measure them easily (about 1/4 cup each cube). Besides using them in rice and similar items, I will use a couple of cups worth on steak night, reduce it down to about 1/3-1/2 cup so the flavors are condensed, add a little salt and pepper and just a dab of brown sugar which helps flavor and thicken. Then, I add my sauteed mushrooms and the whole thing goes over the filet mignon. Sort of a semi-veggie-demi-glace. Heavenly!
9/7/2012 12:14:39 PM

Great ideas, I really like the one about freezing leftover coffee for iced coffee later.
9/7/2012 10:27:13 AM

DAVEED's SparkPage
Great Article. I was just talking about this yesterday. Composting is a very good idea.
9/7/2012 9:28:35 AM

MARTINIGAL413's SparkPage
This was a fantastic article, and I'm loving the suggestions in the comments. I had no idea I should freeze spinach for my smoothies. Problem solved!!! And I wanted to add that you CAN most certainly feed your dog scraps depending on what it is. But if you do, first check to make sure it's not toxic (
rol/people-foods.aspx). Secondly, it should be free of salt or most seasonings. Also, because some foods (pasta for example) are higher in calorie than others (like carrots), you'll want to adjust the amount of regular dog food you're feeding. And I never give scraps while at the table or just because I have some available .... always mixed into the regular dog food. But, naturally, avoid any of this if your dog has a sensitive stomach. But generally speaking, variety in foods - especially at a young age, is just as good for dogs as it is for humans. It also helps avoid allergies. But always talk with your vet if you have doubts.
9/7/2012 6:54:57 AM

BECCA315's SparkPage
We don't waste much food around here, except for produce that turned quicker than I thought it would. Thanks for the tip on freezing for smoothies.
9/7/2012 3:45:36 AM

Nice ideas Except for the one to feed your dog leftovers. NOT good for the dog!
6/9/2012 7:20:46 AM

Thank you for this. I am seeing myself throw out a little too much food.
3/1/2012 12:53:28 PM

SIRCATNIP1's SparkPage
I often wonder why it is I really hate when food is wasted . . .
1/15/2012 3:22:31 AM

I'm very consious of food wast these days, and agree that meal planning (although it can be another job to do) is well worth doing... It's often just my husband and me for dinner these days so I often still cook for four and then freeze any leftovers (individual portions in foil containers and write on the lids - and they can still be washed and re-used several times). It's fantastic to just get out a prepared curry/chlli/caserole at the end of a working day - no effort and you know what you are eating is not going to wreck your diet! xx
12/13/2011 3:14:33 AM

SEAWAVE's SparkPage
I have been composting for decades - it really reduces waste that goes to landfills and enhances the gardens! When I was single, what allowed me to save money and have a variety of fresh fruits and veg was to buy with other singles. We split up large batches of fresh food, sometimes cooked together (spag sauce comes to mind) and split it between us. It was great fun and a learing experience too!
8/7/2011 9:48:07 PM

BIGSLINK's SparkPage
I like to use carrots, celery and onions that are beyond their time to make chicken stock in the crock pot. I use the carcass from the precooked grocery store rotisserie chickens ($5 - skin removed for less fat) and the dry/wilted veggies, and can usually get 9-10 cups of rich dark stock from it. I freeze it in 1/2 cup plastic containers, then transfer them to a freezer bag. I can take out as much as I need and it doesn't go to waste. It really stretches out the chicken and veggies that would otherwise head to the trash.

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