Your stomach is growling and you are craving some munchies, no need to worry. You just remember that you made yourself a fruit last week so you'll have a bowl, You open up the fridge and grab the bowl, but when you take off the aluminum foil cover you notice most of the fruit has gone bad and it's no pretty picture, you have no choice and throw away the rest of the salad. It's a shame because sadly forty percent of food in America is wasted. And that's only in America, can you imagine the other outskirts of the world? Why is it that problem? Could it be that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs when we are out to the market to pick food? This I believe is true and the most common factor, is because twenty percent of food we buy never gets eaten, and I hate to admit this, this has even happened in my household, I bet if you have done this too, you are feeling quite guilty because that food could have met something to someone in need. I know I do, so what is the best logical thing to do, I'll tell you.
First, you should make a plan on what to spend, that why won't hurt your wallet. why is that? Because a 4-person family loses $1500 a year on wasted food. Can you imagine having an even bigger family than that? the costs will be even more dire. For example, if you have a nine or more members of the family in the household the monthly costs would be in the ball park of $281 dollars and for yearly $3375. Saving food starts with your mindset. Then it’ll become easier to change habits for the better. You might even find yourself cooking smarter (and more healthfully) at home. An easy tip to keep in mind is to decipher the "sell-by" date it's only a suggestion, so there's no need to get frantic when deciding to buy the product or not.
To simply put it, buy what you need and if there's an upcoming even like for example a party or social gathering buy extra, then put it in the freezer, because frozen food lasts longer then refrigerated food. Besides using the freezer here are a few ways to find what works for you.
- Don't throw away droopy food: Veggies fall into the category a lot. A quick fix in the kitchen can often transform would-be throwaways into healthy, hearty meals. Even if it’s a bit stale, burned, or questionably seasoned.
- Don't throw away wilted food: A quick soak in ice water for 5 to 10 minutes is often enough to reinvigorate wilted veggies. Bendy carrots will straighten right up, lettuce will crisp, and limp broccoli will find its strength again. And even if they can’t be restored, some veggies you intended to eat raw — carrots, celery, and greens — can still shine in a cooked dish.
- Don't throw away stale food: Toast stale chips and crackers for a minute or two in a regular or toaster oven to crisp them right back up. This works for bread, too — day-or-two-old bread turns into perfectly acceptable toast. And those crumbs and small bits at the bottom of a bag of chips or crackers add a lively crunch when sprinkled over salads. this works for cereal too, so making a trail mix wouldn't be a bad idea, I personally love stale Cheerios.
- Don't throw away warm or flat soda: If you have warm or flat cases of soda, the next best thing to do is to make popsicles, just simple pour the the soda in ice cube trays, put thin plastic cover over the trays and stick tooth picks in the middle. then let them freeze overnight, this is also work with juices too. This is actually one of my favorite things to do with a beverage.
- Use leftovers: Food is the number one thing in America’s landfills, and it contributes more to climate pollution than all of the cars in Georgia. Luckily, we can fix it. by eating leftovers, And, if the dish tastes unappetizing, try adding barbecue, sweet chili, hot sauce or any other sauces that floats your boat.
- Teaching the kids to not be wasteful: Children will under at an early age by mimicking the parents, so make sure they are watching you when you are trying to be resourceful. Also Conservation skills don’t always come naturally — they’re learned. That’s why it’s so important for new parents to teach little ones that a clean plate is better for them, and the environment, too.
Now that you have acquired some knowledge you should definitely hone and sharpened those skills in the kitchen and if you are looking for some more helpful tips I recommend visiting websites about saving food. So what are you waiting for, save food and raid a fridge!