How To Stop Wasting Food

 Clipping coupons, shopping sales and buying in bulk are excellent ways to save on the grocery bill. All these money-saving efforts are pointless if you are throwing food away each week. Despite our best efforts to use up leftovers, containers get shoved to the back of the refrigerator only to be discovered on garbage day. It is the small amounts of leftovers that are most often wasted. There isn’t enough for another meal, and the food is forgotten. With proper organization and planning, you need never waste food again.

Items You Will Need
Single serving storage containers
Freezer tape

Freezing and Using Small Amounts of Food
Freeze small amounts of the entree in single-serving containers. One night every couple of weeks can be Buffet Night when these single servings are warmed up. They also make handy lunches. Our family consists of three adults who are all on different schedules. We each can select what we want for dinner before leaving for work, and it is thawed and ready to heat when we get home. Easy and balanced when served with a salad. Use a larger container to freeze small amounts of leftover vegetables. These can all be added to the same container to make tasty additions to soup or stew. Freeze stale bread together in one large freezer bag. When there is enough, make bread pudding.

Label the Containers
Frozen meals can be hard to identify without a proper label. Freezer tape adheres to frozen containers better than masking tape. A felt tip marker makes dark letters that are easy to read at a glance. Place the tape label on the side of the container rather than the top, so it is easy to see when the containers are stacked. Remember to date the label and print in easy to read block letters.

Which Freezer?
It is best to keep leftovers in the refrigerator freezer where they will not get lost in the jumble of a large freezer. They are also easier to access and are more likely to be used before they  suffer freezer burn.

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