Introduction:Wasted food is money in the trash. Americans waste a phenomenal amount of food every year. Eliminate that waste and you will spend less money on food.
If you are like me, you tend to cook more than your family will eat. While there is nothing wrong with planning for leftovers, chances are your family doesn't want to eat spaghetti every night for a week.
It makes sense to cook large quantities of some foods like sauces and soups to freeze and use later. Other foods that freeze well are burritos, breakfast sandwiches and some pasta dishes.
Invest in some good quality freezer bags or containers. Use these bags to build up a supply of vegetable trimmings for making soups and broths. I also have an add-to bag for chicken wings. I add uncooked chicken wings to the bag every time I break down a chicken. When the bag is full, I treat my family to buffalo wings. I do the same thing with the backs and neck bones for making broth.
You can plant the root ends of some vegetables. Celery works particularly well. Cut off the bottom one and one-half inches of a bunch of celery, all in one piece. Plant two inches deep directly into the garden, or into a container and grow indoors. You can also plant the root ends of green onions and individual garlic cloves.
Vegetable trimmings, coffee grounds, used paper napkins, cardboard egg cartons, egg shells, and more can be composted to feed your garden. I find keeping a covered pot (I use a stock pot I found at a thrift shop) on the kitchen counter makes collecting the trimmings easy. When it is full I take it out to the compost pile.
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