"Talking Dirty News" - Queen of Green, Barbara Loraine

Avoid Food Waste

by Barbara Loraine

The average American family wastes nearly $600 food each year.

One of the best ways to save money is to avoid wasting it.

  1. Plan to use the foods you buy.
    Get recipes from the internet that incorporate foods you have on hand.
  2. Use perishables when they are fresh.
    Decide to eat what you have.  Change your thinking from choosing what you “feel” like having.
  3. Arrange your refrigerator storage so you know what foods you have.
    Keep perishables in a refrigrator drawer.
  4. Display items that don’t require refrigeration in your kitchen.
    This makes it easy to remember what’s next on the menu.
  5. Develop a list of recipes for “gotta use them now” foods.  IE:
    -  Peel over-ripe bannas and freeze them for smoothies or to serve over oatmeal.
    -  Make a compote from apples, berries, or other fruits to serve as side dish, dessert or over pancakes.
    -  Make salsa from mangoes or tomatoes.