Reducing Food Waste

— Written By and last updated by Lisa Johnson

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Food money is wasted if food rules are not followed. If food spoils before it is eaten, you have thrown your money away. This could be caused by poor food handling. To help prevent waste:

  • Select packages and cans that have not been opened or dented
  • Check expiration date
  • Wash hands and work stations with warm soapy water
  • Use clean pots, pans and cooking utensils
  • Keep kitchen clean and free of bugs
  • Keep shelf-stable foods in a cool dry place 
  • Use tightly sealed containers to store foods

Most of us toss food scraps that are edible. Peel broccoli stems and shred the tender cores to make slaw. Try watermelon rind in stir fry. Save your squash seeds and roast them for a healthy snack.If your bread goes stale or bananas ripen too quickly. Make croutons out of the stale bread and freeze the bananas to use later for smoothies or muffins. Frozen vegetables and fruit are great to use. They don’t spoil and you can use as much as needed. They retain more vitamins in their frozen state than vegetables that wilt in the fridge do.

When we discard food, we’re not only throwing away money. We are also filling up landfills. Regardless of your best efforts there will still be some food scraps. Set up a home compost bin, it’s the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of your food scraps. And it is free fertilizer! 

Look at your families habits and evaluate where you need to improve when it comes to throwing out food. Try to incorporate some of these tips to help improve your food waste.