The next time you open your refrigerator, consider this troubling statistic:
According to the U.S. Dept of Agriculture**, a U.S. family of four discards around $1,500 a year on food.
Let’s reread that sentence:
A U.S. family of four discards around $1,500 a year on food.
Did that stop you in your tracks? I was blown away by that number. Imagine saving your family’s budget $1500 a year just by being more aware of your food waste and taking action to stop it. What would you do with an extra $1500?
How to Stop Food Waste in the Kitchen
1. Keep your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry neat and tidy.
If you’re following along with the 31 Days to Slash your Grocery Spending, then you will remember, disorder = disaster. Make it a habit to go through your refrigerator on a weekly basis. You will prevent tasty leftovers, fresh fruit and vegetables, and dairy from turning into science experiments. Instead, you will have a chance of claiming that $1500 of wasted food.
2. Freeze your leftovers.
If you don’t think you’ll eat your leftovers before they go bad, freeze them. With the exception of pasta and rice dishes, a lot of food can be frozen. Currently, in my freezer, I have leftover chicken & black bean tacos, turkey taco meat, ham & bean soup, and grilled chicken. Freeze leftover meals in single portions for a quick lunch.
3. Make one night a week, “Raid the Fridge” Night.
One night a week, raid the fridge to get rid of leftovers. Set up the leftovers in a buffet style. Everyone’s plate might look different, but you’ll at least use up the leftovers and avoid the waste.
4. Brown Bag Lunch.
And the easiest way to avoid food waste is to take your leftovers to work. You’ll save money by reducing your food waste at home and avoid eating out on your lunch break. It’s a win-win!
How much food do you think you waste annually? Could it add up to a month’s worth of your groceries? What are some things that you do to avoid food waste? Let us know in the comments.