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Tips for Reducing Food Waste

Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to discuss food waste. It seems that this huge problem is finally getting some “buzz.” I’ve heard reports on the radio, read articles, and seen news bites about it. People are finally starting to pay attention to how much food we throw away every single day. I don’t want to shock you with all the depressing statistics. Just know that there is more than enough food in this country to feed everyone. No one needs to be hungry in our society. While the problem seems vast, the good news is that we can make small changes at home to reduce waste. When we start conserving more, we buy less, the stores throw away less, and we start to chip away at the problem. Here are a few tips to help you reduce waste in your home:

– Get friendly with your freezer! There are very few items that you cannot freeze. Some items freeze better than others (i.e. soup freezes REALLY well!). However, most things can be frozen when fresh and then thawed a few weeks later for a last minute meal. Plus, when pondering what to make for dinner, before calling in for delivery, check your freezer! A healthy meal might be ready in minutes!

– Keep track of perishables in your refrigerator. You’re more likely to eat highly perishable items if they are stored at eye level instead of hidden on the bottom shelf. Some people go so far as to have a list on the refrigerator door to let them know what they should be eating first.

– Have fun with your leftovers. If you don’t want to eat the same meal a few nights in a row, turn your leftovers into something new! Take a veggie stir-fry and put it in tacos! Toss beans into a new salad!

– Plan your meals. If you have the time, plan your meals for the week, and buy only what you need to cook for those nights. Cook a little extra and plan for a night or two of leftovers.

Not only do these tips help you reduce waste, but also, they help to train you to cook healthier and lighter! Everyone wins!