I hate wasting food because wasted food means wasted money! It’s important to do all you can to keep your hard-earned cash from going down the drain.
Having to get rid of food is completely cringe-worthy in my book. Here are 7 ways to make sure good food doesn’t go to waste…
7 Ways to Make Sure Food Doesn’t Go to Waste 1 of 8
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Stay Organized 2 of 8
A messy refrigerator or pantry shelf means that stuff is often pushed to the back where it goes bad over time. Make it a daily habit to keep your refrigerator organized so leftovers and fresh produce are able to be seen as soon as the door opens. Organize pantry shelves by rotating products by expiration dates, with the soon-to-expire good in the front.
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Prepare and Store for Quick Picks 3 of 8
To keep fresh foods from going to waste and to get your family eating better, prepare fresh fruits and veggies as soon as you get home from the grocery store by washing and slicing. Keep refrigerated produce in see-through containers at the front of the refrigerator for kids to grab for a snack. Only buy as much fresh produce as your family will eat in the next few days. By choosing uncut carrots and other vegetables you have to cut up yourself, you'll also save more at the market.
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Plan Re-Invention Dishes 4 of 8
Preplan your meals each week to save more at the grocery store, but also include recipes you can use to reinvent leftovers. Make a few extra pieces of roasted chicken that can be thrown into a fresh salad or use leftover taco meat to make nachos for a family movie night snack.
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Get Freezer Ready 5 of 8
When planning your meals ahead of time, consider finding recipes in the â€˜freezes well' section of your cookbook. Make an extra batch of the recipe for the freezer. This will cut out the need to run to the local fast food joint on the days when you have no time to make dinner at home.
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Stock Up on Proper Storage Essentials 6 of 8
A big reason why food often goes to waste before it gets used is due to a lack of proper storage practices. Invest in an array of freezer-safe containers and bags. Make sure to only store fresh produce in the refrigerator when necessary. Many fresh items will spoil too fast when stored in the cold rather than on the counter. Make yourself a quick checklist of what needs refrigeration if necessary.
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Don’t Overbuy 7 of 8
A big key to not having too much food around is to start in the grocery store. Avoid grocery shopping while hungry and be sure to stick to a list.
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Make a Meal Plan 8 of 8
Meal planning does take some time but it is a guaranteed way to make sure you're getting the most out of your grocery budget. Plan meals with the left-overs too and you'll be well on your way to saving tons of money!
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