4 Simple Tips for Saving Food
Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016 at 6:50 am
The way to make sure you get the most value out of the money you spent on groceries is to consume all the food you bought before it goes bad. If you had to throw the food away, you wasted the money you spent on it. In addition, you have to pay more money to replace that food. Try some of these simple tips for saving food (and money).
Simple Ideas for Saving Food
Choose Frozen Food
Fresh produce is nice, but it doesn’t have much time before it goes bad. One simple way to prevent your fresh fruits and vegetables from going bad before you could eat them is to buy frozen ones instead.
The frozen produce will last longer than the fresh ones can. Frozen produce can be equal, or superior, in terms of nutrient value, quality, shelf-life, and cost.
You can save leftover fresh herbs and make them last a few weeks longer if you freeze them. Wash the herbs and cut them into small pieces. Put the pieces into the individual molds in an ice cube tray. Top off each mold with cooking oil. Use some frozen herb cubes when you cook.
Buy the Ugly Food
Some grocery stores are starting to sell ugly fruits and vegetables. A misshapen potato or a funny looking tomato are two examples of produce that are just as safe and nutritious as the prettier versions. Grocery stores that sell ugly food often sell it at a discount. When you buy ugly produce, it not only saves you money – it also saves healthy food from being thrown in the trash.
Eat the Leftovers
People are happy to eat the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner. However, they tend to throw leftovers in the trash the rest of the year. This is a waste of money!
You can safely keep leftovers in the refrigerator for three or four days. Make sure to reheat your leftovers until the internal temperature reaches 165 F (74C). Doing so can prevent food poisoning.
You bought way too many strawberries at the Farmers’ Market and can’t eat them all before they go bad. It’s time to figure out creative ways to use them up. You could make them into a homemade jam. Bananas that have turned brown are a key ingredient in banana bread. Take a bunch of veggies that are getting close to their expiration date and make a stew, or a stir fry, or a smoothie.