Waste Not, Want Not: Four Ways To Avoid Throwing Out Food

Debt-Free Dining

So here’s the deal: throwing out food is basically like throwing out money. Here are four ways to avoid this budget-breaking habit.

1. Make a Soup

So, soup is basically the easiest meal to make in the whole world and it can be made from pretty much anything that’s kicking around in your fridge. Carrots that are starting to look less stiff? Throw them in your soup! A half of an onion? Throw it in your soup! Some noodles from last night’s dinner that you ran out of sauce for? That’s right- into the soup!

Once you have some soup making experience this will become like a second nature to you, but if you’re not a seasoned soup chef (pun intended) you can check out recipes like this one above for ‘Clean Out the Fridge Soup.’

Bonus: Save your veggie peels to make the most frugal recipe ever– Vegetable Broth From Kitchen Scraps.

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2. Head To MyFridgeFood

MyFridgeFood is an awesome online tool that gives you recipes based on what you have in your fridge. Just check the boxes next to anything that’s on its last legs, sit back and wait to find a great recipe.

3. Freeze Foods That You’ve Stocked up On

Did you know that you can freeze crackers, chips, bread, milk, hummus, peanut butter, avocado (for use in dips), hummus, eggs (cracked and stored in Ziploc bags), butter, broth, soup, pasta, and herbs?

Buy large quantities of on-sale berries and vegetables to freeze when they are in season. Freeze berries in a single layer on a parchment paper coated metal tray before storing them in Ziploc bags to avoid clumping. Vegetables can be boiled and then frozen for later use.

4. Host a Potluck Party
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Make a giant salad, a super-sized rice dish, or a big pot of soup and invite your friends over for a potluck party. This is a great way to use up a food surplus and get some variety into your kitchen. Sharing food with friends always beats throwing it out!

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