Waste Food NO More

Drawback of Eating Whole Foods

Purchasing organic is the first step to healthy eating. The second is to find nutritious recipes that your family will love. (Check out the recipe category to the right of this page.) The last step is to use fresh produce BEFORE it goes bad and you have to throw it out. The average American household throws out $2,000 of food every year!

A recent article in CNN Health explored the many ways you can reduce your food waste, which can cost the average American household anywhere from $500 to $2,000 a year.

Below are two of my favorite tips. For the rest, which includes what to do with bread, fresh fruits (and especially bananas), please see the original article.

Roxy says it’s upsetting to know that some people throw away organic food.

What To Do When You Can’t Use It Now
To keep food fresh, everyone needs a freezer. That’s in addition to the small freezer in your refrigerator. You can purchase large bags of produce, extra loaves of bread and store grains and nuts for longer periods of time, if you have a freezer. BUT there are other ways to make food last longer…

Bread
Make your own croutons and breadcrumbs.

Seasonal Vegetables
Make your own frozen veggies. Prepare them as you’d cook them, except stop when they’re halfway done. You can steam or boil green beans, corn, broccoli and chard; then quickly rinse in cold water to stop the cooking, and drain and pack in freezer-safe bags. Or pickle your veggies.

Herbs
Hardy herbs, like rosemary and sage, meanwhile, are easy to dry. Clean a bunch, grasp the stems, tie with string, then suspend, leaves down, in a dry room. When herbs crumble, transfer to a jar and store in a cool, dry place. Or submerge herbs in a bottle of white-wine vinegar. The flavor will spruce up your salads for months.

I freeze herbs right in the package they came in. When I need basil or thyme, I just pull off the amount I need of the frozen herb. I then throw it into a soup or step pot along with the other ingredients.

Other Options
1. In addition to a deep freezer a Food Saver Vacuuming System can be helpful. Another way to take the excess air out of a produce bag is to place the bag against your chest and use your arm to squeeze the excess air out of the bag. Once the air is removed you can seal it with a twist tie and thus minimize exposure to oxygen. This trick can double the normal shelf life of your veggies.

2. When produce is discounted for a quick sale, it can be a bargain. BUT you have to use it the day of purchase. I love to buy bananas this way. I either dehydrate them or peel and freeze for use later in a fruit smoothie. A year ago, I purchased a food dehydrator. I love it! It’s a handy way to save produce for later without using freezer space.

3. To keep your lettuce and spinach leaves packed in a plastic container fresh longer, place paper towels on the bottom of the container. This will help to absorb excess moisture from the produce.

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