Ways You Can Stop Wasting Food and Save Money – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Every year we throw away tons of food waste, much of which ends up in landfills. Believe it or not, landfills contain more food than anything else that produces the greenhouse gas methane.
There are ways to reduce food waste, and an added bonus, a family of four can save about $ 1,500 annually.
“If you throw away a lot, you might buy too much groceries. When you shop with a list, you can focus on what you’re actually using,” said Amy Keating, nutritionist at Consumer Reports.
For example, to avoid finding mushy vegetables in the back of the refrigerator – plan to consume fresh fruits and vegetables in the order they go bad – eat fragile fruits and vegetables like leafy greens and berries before tougher ones like Brussels sprouts or carrots.
Freezing additional batches of chilli or leftovers is a great way to reduce waste – but only if you get around to eating them! Tag leftovers with the date you frozen them and include them in your menu.
“Try to use it all up. Give your wraps, soups, and burritos a nutritional boost with leftover vegetables,” Keating said. “And ripe fruits, which are not their prettiest, make delicious smoothies while adding fiber.”
Or consider buying frozen products. It’s a nutritious and fresh choice, and you can take out just what you need and keep the rest frozen.
Store your dry goods in clear, airtight packaging. Not only are they less prone to moisture and mold, but they’re also more likely to use up what you can actually see.
When your products are coarse enough to be discarded, compost them instead. It turns into nutrient-rich soils for you to grow your own produce.
Consumer reports also remind us that milk and eggs no longer need to be kept in the refrigerator door to keep them fresh longer. Their tests have shown that the door is generally a few degrees warmer than the rest of the shelves. Instead, keep them there.