Americans throw away a LOT of food every year. It is estimated that nearly half the food purchased ends up in the trash to the tune of 165 BILLION dollars of wasted food in the U.S. every year. To cut down on the wasted food in your house (and maximize your food budget), there are a few things you can do.
- Clean out your fridge, freezer, and other food storage. Toss anything that's bad & organize what is left.
- Use meal planning to help you buy what you need & use what you have.
- Adjust your recipes so you don't have excess leftovers.
- Have leftover lunch, where everyone helps clean out any leftovers in the fridge & supplement with fresh fruits & veggies.
- Properly store your food to extend its shelf-life.
Below are some great tips & tools to help you utilize the space you have for short & long-term food storage!
I had no clue apples can last up to 7 months if stored properly! Little House Living has a great guide with tips on how to store produce for the winter!
Tiffany from MyLitter has a series called Food Storage Friday. My favorite is her post on Freeze-Dried Herbs!
Did you know you can freeze yogurt? Savvy Saving Couple put together a list of 10 surprising things you can freeze along with tips on how to thaw them!
See a great sale on milk? Mission to Save shared some great tips on freezing milk for up to 3 months!
Freezer jam is a great way to use fresh fruit!
Food storage can be done on a smaller scale, too!
Interested in utilizing your freezer to the fullest? Check out my freezer cooking series!
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Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
Hello from Fabulously Frugal Thursday! This is a nice, thorough post with good tips.
I love to freeze yogurt and eat it frozen when I’m craving ice cream!
Good idea & much cheaper than frozen yogurt!