Tips

1916 cookbook from Scott's CoalHopefully, this page will house readers’ collected wisdom on how they prevent food waste.

Leave your tips on avoiding waste here or, if your advice relates to a specific post, feel free to comment there.

67 Comments

  1. Kathy
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    I feel strongly about food waste when many do not have enough to eat. I have set up a weekly food budget, I buy what I need for myself for the week, the rest of the money is used for items for a local food pantry. When I get lazy, this keeps me on track. I can always find something in my pantry to put together for lunch or dinner. When I am tempted to pick up take out or order out, I think how much I could get for the pantry for the same amount of money. This works for me. I waste a lot less now.

  2. Ruth
    Posted January 16, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    I make a menu each week using the items already in my pantry and fridge/freezer. Of course, creativity, many times, must enter into the project but the reward of using what I already have is very satisfying. I take the leftovers to work and if I can’t eat it all, I share it with coworkers. I also have chickens who are happy to help rid me of scraps and reward me with breakfast!

  3. Posted February 14, 2011 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Did you all know in many sit down restaurants you and a spouse, or other, can ask to share an entre? You may want to buy a separate salad, for which you have to pay, but we get by just fine with one entre’. Darden (Red Lobster and Olive Garden) do this routinely. And at Olive Garden, if you take the house salad, you don’t have to pay for the second salad unless you ask for refills. Read the fine print at the bottom of the menu! We had that pointed out by a server, when some of the servers initially tried to bill us for a second salad at the highest price on the menu. We tip generously so the waitpersons aren’t offended. They actually know us and rush to serve us because we are known as sparse eaters, but big tippers. Last time we tipped 40%. Idaho

  4. Posted February 16, 2011 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Hi there! I just did a post on my site about food waste…and linked to your site. Thanks for your good information. Ignorant as I am (or completely out of it?), I really had no idea how much food was being wasted. Thank you for sharing. I’m with Ruth on the meal planning and backyard chickens…

  5. Mark
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the info. I’m hearing this on the radio. They turned me on to your website. My own kid’s I can only suggest but my Grandkids since 3 of us are in the same house I hope I can educate them. Were not rich and not poor but so waste a lot of food. A year ago I spent 10 months in the Issan section of northern Thailand and they knew how to not waste food. Anyway thanks for the push to save food. Mark

  6. Posted March 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    One excellent way to better utilize food is to learn to use the whole animal. The organ meats are very nutritious and there are delicious ways to fix them. The bones should be made into bone broth, which has valuable proteins and other nutrients in it that balance the proteins in the flesh of the animal, and make for healthier delicious meals. Check the links under “Soup” on my website. I almost never throw food in the trash. What doesn’t get eaten, goes into the compost or worm bed and back on to the garden. I don’t eat out much, but when I do I often bring home any leftovers.

  7. Lorna Fay
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Leftovers can be turned into completely different meals, if one has a slight knack for creativity. Leftover roast pork can become pork fried rice. Leftover meatloaf makes wonderful sandwiches, it can also be cut into chunks and served with gravy on top of rice or pasta. Stale bread can be used to make savory bread pudding also known as 24 hour souffle (main dish with cheese), or a dessert bread pudding. Any leftover roast can be cut up and placed in a food processor with an equal amount of butter, some garlic or shallot, and herbs. Puree everything together to produce a pate spread which can be used for sandwiches or eaten on crackers. Buy cuts of meat which have bones, so that broth can be made from the bones. You stretch the value of your dollar when you buy a cut of meat which can be used to produce multiple meals. Rice and other grains such as wheat berries or farro taste great cooked in broth. Soup is a great way to make good use of leftovers and odds and ends in the produce bin of your refrigerator.

  8. Posted March 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    I’ve changed our food habits over the last 4 years dramatically and saved us $400 a month! Besides the weekly meal planning, we also rotate our food in the fridge -newest at the back, and freeze tidbits of meat and veggies. I throw all kinds of stuff into omeletts, save veggie scraps, peels, onion skins, celery ends, bones, etc in the freezer in a bag and then make and pressure can my own broth. My favorite tricks include cleaning out the fridge twice a week, reminders to kids and hubby to take leftovers- learning to cook with what we have, and lefttover smorgasbord night. Snack trays too – I make a tray of things I find in the pantry and fridge that need to be used up. I put this out for snacktime for the kids- we have 6. Great way to get more veggies used, and feed them the stuff that gets neglected and pushed to the back of the fridge. I save scraps of fruit in the freezer -like when daughter doesn’t eat all her banana- I cut off the bitten part and stick the rest in a freezer bag and we have smoothies later using all the leftover bits. Peel goes into the compost. Food waste is immoral and such nonsense. Also the focus of my blog-squirrel it away. So happy to have found likeminded folks.

  9. Posted July 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    best thing with veggies is to put them into the mixer ! :)

    It can give you a good soup or cream

  10. Posted November 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Great tips at this page! My suggestion for those who plan to make eggs this thanksgiving is to not boil them until the day before! That way you can preserve the freshness and the shelf life of the egg, since boiling them actually reduces the shelf life!

  11. Adam
    Posted January 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Yesterday, I bought a box of Fruity Pebbles and at like half of it. But I didn’t want to eat anymore, so I poured it out into the garbage. Now I feel bad that I did that. Or like that time I bought some milk to take pictures of me pouring milk. The lady next to me in the dairy case was complaining about how expensive milk is, and all I was going to do with mine is take shots and then pour it down the drain. Kind of a bad human being, I know, At least I don’t have kids, right?

  12. Donna
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Looking through tips—see no STIR-FRY. Saves fuel and veggies taste great. Lucky to have one market have a mark down bin for produce. Our one chain Von’s (owned by Safeway) composts, has 50% markdowns on Dairy and 50% markdown area of dry and can goods. Plus breads and desserts are donated. Since I live in a forest, don’t mind raccoons or other animals forefinger in my compost. In winter I put out any stale bread for the birds (if ravens don’t get it first before the little ones)—plus I get some of the bread from the Senior Sack program who gets it from the chains and Costco. No waste from me, my grandma taught me well.

  13. amelia
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Also not sure that many people know this, but it’s great for your pets if you mix (edible) fruit and veggie scraps into their food! Rice grains in particular are great for dog and cat digestive systems.

  14. Gidon Gerber
    Posted July 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    use a small fridge – with a small fridge, you cannot buy as many perishable foods and you have a better chance of eating what you bought. not to mention that a smaller fridge costs to buy and to run.

  15. Posted August 19, 2012 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Ho all, a great discussion, folks :-) . Certainly creativity is needed on this matter. I will certainly dedicate one of my blog postings to food waste.

  16. Kim
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    When chopping vegetables for a meal I save the cut off ends and leaves in a freezer bag. some veggie parts might be the wrong texture for a good stir-fry but they make great vegetable stock. While making stock I’ll also check my fridge and throw in whatever stock-worthy items I find that have gotten freezer burn.

  17. Posted May 31, 2013 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Thanks in favor of sharing such a fastidious thought, article is nice, thats why
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