Food-Saving Tips and Tricks
In America, 40% of food ends up in landfills which the EPA estimates for Americans is $161 billion annually. If you are a parent who cooks and clears the table, you know exactly how much food in your household goes from the table to the garbage each day. Even when you refrigerate meals, the shelf life is so short that most families forget to eat them. More families are starting to curb wasteful spending, so here are five food-saving tips and tricks that will enable you to put more money in the bank rather than the garbage.
Invest In Fridge Fresh To Extend The Shelf Life Of Food
Certain fruits and vegetables spoil faster than others. Tomatoes, bananas, and berries are just a few of them. Micro-organisms like bacteria and mold speed up the aging process which shortens the shelf life dramatically.
Tip: Invest in Fridge Fresh as it contains oxidizing properties that destroy bacteria and mold. Not only will your refrigerator maintain a healthy environment, but it will also extend the life of your fruits and vegetables up to ten additional days. The product is well worth its return on investment (ROI).
Wash, Cut, And Store
If you have yet to receive your Fridge Fresh, there are other ways you can maximize the freshness of your fruits and vegetables. When it comes to certain foods like bell peppers, asparagus, or celery, you must eat them soon after purchase or risk losing them.
Tip: If you know that you will not use produce quickly, you can wash, cut, and store them in freezer bags. The freezer can extend their use for up to four months.
Find Creative Ways To Use Leftovers
What can you do with leftover meals? Meat is versatile and easy to create new meals. You can do a lot with cooked vegetables as well.
Tip: Find recipes that make your family want to eat leftovers. A favorite recipe for many families is elote which is a Mexican corn dish. Better yet, it is gluten-free and the sort of delicious recipe you can eat by itself. #NoMeatMondays
Store Food As Recommended
Did you know that once food reaches the landfill that it produces a greenhouse gas called methane? There are many benefits to storing food as recommended to prevent it.
Tip: To prolong your produce shelf life, you should learn more about storage benefits here. Knowing which ones should stay in a fruit bowl or the refrigerator will help extend their usage times.
Calculate Food Costs and Leftover Waste
An excellent way to lower costs is to figure out what they are. Most families know they waste, but few take the time to consider ways to reduce spending or landfill waste.
Tip: Start with your weekly shopping receipt. Do a quick count of food costs. Every night, make a notation of your family wastes. Then make a notation of anything you threw out. Was it spoiled? Was it past its expiration? What could you do differently?
Taking the time to extend your food’s shelf life will save money and make your family healthier. If you want to learn more about waste reduction, visit our blog to find more tips that work.