Preventing food waste

Parents who have had to be careful with money, buying their family groceries on a shoe-string budget, are always advocate of preventing food waste. Not just by reminding their young ones that there are starving children in other parts of the world, parents know that food waste is not good for the environment and it is a shameful practice.

While everyone experiences some food waste – from leftovers that went bad or food that was not used before its expiration date – they should be making changes in their household to prevent it.

Here are a few tips to preventing food waste in your home

1 – Do like the restaurants do. When you purchase new groceries, move everything in your cabinets to the front and put your new groceries in the back. This way, the older items will be used first.

2 – Clean out your fridge regularly. Throw out leftovers that probably will not be eaten and food that has expired.

3 – Buy bulk products only when you know they will go quickly. Examples of items that can be purchased in bulk are peanut butter, coffee (if you have daily coffee drinkers in the house), large cans of beans and soups. Buying Nonperishable items like laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels and dryer sheets inbulk is fine.

4 – Don’t go to the store blind. Write out a list so you know what you do and do not have. This avoids overstocking on something you didn’t realize you already had.

5 – Make a big soup, chili or stew and freeze the leftovers, rather than throwing it out or letting it sit in the fridge until it’s rotten.

6 – Think that “buy one, get one free” deal is good? Only if the product is something you are likely to use in the near future. Don’t purchase extra items just because you can.

7 – Donate food you will not eat. If you have had those five cans of tomato soup in your cabinet for three months and it doesn’t look like they will ever be consumed, give them to a local church, food bank or a friend or family in need. Anything you have that is worth eating but will probably not be eaten should be given to those who need it.

8 – Not sure when that leftover was put in the fridge? Label your food whenever you store it for later. This includes anything you put in the freezer. You should include on your label what the product is and when it was frozen.

9 – Small portions are the ticket. Restaurants tend to give out fairly large portions of food and those portions seem to be getting larger and larger. Avoid this at home by cooking enough food for everyone and not going overboard.

10 – Don’t shop when you’re hungry. You will buy anything and everything that looks good when you are hungry.