I’m feeling very average this week. Maybe even above average, which in this case is not good. Here’s a pile of food that I let go past its prime.
Quinoa, beets, lentils, a couple hard boiled eggs, a pear and a yam. Yikes!
The average American throws out about 25% of the food that they buy. So I guess I’m just average. But I want to be below average. Did I just say that? Did my kids hear me? Let me clarify – below average when it comes to food waste and ah… television viewing. Hey, below average is sounding pretty good.
My quest is simple. I want to buy just what I need and not anything more. So to conquer my food waste problem, I’ve devised a four step plan.
Step 1: Clean out the fridge really well. (Done!)
Step 2: I need to buy less food. Less than I imagine my family needs.
Step 3: Play the brilliant refrigerator game created by Angela Barton. The concept is simple. Label a section of your fridge, “Eat Me.” Now put food that’s near its expiration in the Eat Me section. Right up front. No more saying I forgot about this or I didn’t see that. Yes – this could make a difference! Thanks Angela.
Step 4: Use my leftovers down to the last little bit. Tonight we had what I call a ‘hodge podge’ dinner - a little of this and a little of that. My kids thought it was great. They each got different leftovers, custom tailored to their quirky likes and dislikes (my mom is rolling her eyes on this one).
Yep! That should do it. Four little steps to reduce my food waste.
Thanks to Kristen – The Frugal Girl! Her Food Waste Friday blogs have motivated me to want to waste less food.
What steps do you take to reduce your food waste? Please share.
According to Jonathan Bloom‘s Wasted Food blog: “Depending on which study you believe, we squander between a quarter to a half of all the food we produce. Even by the conservative estimate, that adds up to more than 100 billion pounds per year.”
Save some dough and use what you got – Skip grocery shopping for a week