Think about how much food you scrape off your plate after each meal.  How much food are you wasting?  While it may not look like much, if you took all the food you wasted every week and added it up, you might be surprised at just how much food is there. compost-heap

For many, it’s simply a matter of learning portion control.  Many people fix too much food with each meal.  If they simply cut a recipe in half, for example, they may find that they don’t have any leftovers.  There’s no need to feed an army if you’re cooking just for yourself.  If, however, you do have leftover food from each meal, here are some ways you can put that food to use instead of simply throwing it away.

If you have leftovers that can be used in baking or in soups or stews, you may be able to freeze them.  You can also use them in the next day’s meal.  If you have leftover meat, make a pot pie or a sandwich of some sort out of it.  Leftover vegetables might go in a stew.

If you can’t use the food in any recipe, create a compost heap with it.  Composting is a great way of providing your garden with minerals, and it saves you money because you won’t need to buy fertilizer.

If you find yourself with a large amount of leftovers, offer some to your neighbors or donate it to a local shelter or soup kitchen.  People are always interested in food, especially if it’s a home cooked meal.

Fixing too much food is often a result of buying too much food.  Try to cut down on the amount you buy so you save money or, on the other hand, start buying in bulk.  This uses less packaging and gives you the option of dividing the portions.  You can also grow your own vegetables as a way of consuming less packaging.  Plus, fresh vegetables taste better, too!

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