Stop Wasting Food And Money – A Crash Course

Wasting food and money
American families spend as much as $2,275.00 every year on food that is ‘Wasted’. Food that goes into your garbage can that is perfectly good food.

party-food-tray Start by taking a look at your current grocery shopping, meal planning, and eating habits. Save a lot of cash and eat healthier foods. First ‘Stop’ eating out or ordering in meals more than two(2) times a month. You will save a ton of money and eat healthier foods cooking and eating your homemade meals.
Eating out or ordering in meals should be a special event. Not how you feed your family 7 days a week!

Save your unused vegetable parts in freezer bags for making homemade vegetable stocks. Save Carrot tops and tips, Mushroom stems, Celery tops and tough rib bottoms, Broccoli stems, Cabbage cores, Potato peelings, tomato parts, squash ends and peelings, turnip parts and peelings and such should all be used in making homemade vegetable stocks. Add fresh herbs that you like for more flavor.

Don’t buy boneless, skinless Chicken, Turkey, Beef or Pork. Remove the skin, excess fat and bones your self. It’s really easy to do. Save skins, fat bits and bones for making meat flavored soup stock. If necessary skim off excess fat from your meat stock.

Comparison shopping can save you significantly. The best way to save money at the grocery store is to not over shop. Go to your supermarket with a full stomach and a shopping list. Stick to your shopping list. Avoid making spur of the moment, impulse purchases.
Buy store brand canned fruit and vegetables.

Hint Always store food in your freezer or pantry in see through containers. You can’t / won’t cook foods that you don’t know you have.

Have a plan. Go to the grocery store with a weekly meal plan. People tend to over shop when they go in without a weekly meal plan. Plan a weeks worth of meals ahead of time so you know what you need to buy when you are at your supermarket, rather than buying what you’re in the mood for at the moment.

Save and store leftover bread in the freezer and when needed dice, toast them for croutons, or toast and pulse into breadcrumbs.

Make your own spice mixes. Spice mixes are almost always overpriced at your local grocery store.

Invest $20 or $30 dollars in a good quality meat tenderized.It will last a lifetime and will allow you to buy and use use cheaper cuts of meat without any loss in flavor.

Reserve chips and dips for parties and special occasions.

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Why is common sense so uncommon?
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15 responses to “Stop Wasting Food And Money – A Crash Course

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  2. as always you have reminded me to keep cooking… fresh food from the garden really is the best.. thanks for the tips

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  3. What kind (brand) of meat tenderizer do you suggest? Years ago I used one by Lawry’s but they quit selling it around here.

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    • Chemical Tenderizing foods like lemon or lime juice, white wine, enzyme-rich foods such as ginger, pineapple, and kiwi. A mix of 1 to 4 parts vinegar(type of your choice) and water or white wine and a few slices of onions work as well.
      But most of the time I just beat the hell out of a piece of meat using a heavy steel tenderizing tool. Most or at least many supermarkets will run your meat purchase through a mechanical meat tenderizer for Free if you ask for this service.

      Grin .. happy tender steak and pork chop eating

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  4. Great tips! Another one to add is the Eastern European tip for poorer/cheaper cuts of meat: soak them overnight in the fridge in milk. The lactose in the milk tenderizes the meat, and once it’s cooked, you can’t taste the milk at all.

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  5. I save all meat parts for stock, never thought about vegetables?! I do compost them, however.
    Thanks for the idea.

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  6. These are great tips! 🙂 People really do waste so much and I love the idea of keeping your bits in the freezer for stock.

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  7. Reblogged this on sliceofheaveninsweden and commented:
    Great tips to stop wasting food and money.
    Honey

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  8. Definitely common sense!

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