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moneydrainHow much food do you waste? Sadly, there are times when I throw fresh fruits and vegetables away because life gets too busy.  I want to share some of my tips for minimizing this drain on your food dollar.

  • Make soup – I make soup at least once a week and I throw in whatever leftovers I may have.  This is a great way to use leftover vegetables and meat.  If you have family members who refuse to eat “leftovers”, this may be an excellent way for you to “repurpose” your meals.
  • Make sauce – Apples or pears getting too soft? Make a sauce by coring, peeling and slicing the fruit, then sauté in a pan with a bit of butter.  Try adding cinnamon to taste and enjoy it hot or cold. I like to add this fruit sauce to my morning yogurt or oatmeal.
  • Freeze it: Banana turning brown turning soft? Simply peel, slice, and freeze on cookie sheet. After it freezes, store it in a freezer bag or container.  Are your berries getting old? Rinse them and shake out the moisture and freeze on cookie sheet (or you will get a big clump of frozen berries!). Frozen fruits are perfect to add to oatmeal and pancakes.  You can also try pureeing the frozen banana with a little milk for a frozen treat that rivals ice cream!

If I purchase “too much” spinach and kale, I freeze it on a cookie tray, too.  These are very tasty in soups, omelets, quiche, and even in grilled cheese sandwiches.

I freeze my ginger and turmeric root (both unpeeled – there is no need to peel it) because it is much easier to grate.  This makes zero waste!

What ways can you help your family waste less food?

 

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