Using Food, Avoiding Waste

In the grocery store, we pick up fresh vegetables to cook because they are healthier. We buy fresh vegetables to cook, but sometimes that does not always work. The fresh vegetables stay in our refrigerator for weeks and they are brown, black, rotten, and smelling up our refrigerator. Our lettuce is turning brown because we did not eat it fast enough. This happens to me a lot. I purchase lettuce and do not eat it fast enough and it turns brown and wilts. What happens to the onion and Irish potatoes? Well, they start to bud and grow little babies! What has happened? We have purchased food and wasted the food by not cooking it in the allotted time.

Ways we can avoid this is by purchasing vegetables that are fresh, frozen, canned, and dried. The reason for purchasing this way is because each vegetable has an expiration date, which the fresh would expire first. If that happens, we still have the canned, frozen, and dried vegetables to eat and avoided the waste of having a lot of fresh vegetables that was not cooked in allotted time.

Planning out our meals for the week can help us avoid wasting food, but using all the food that we purchase in different dishes from leftovers. Leftovers are good and this keeps us from wasting food that was not eaten the night before.

Another way to avoid wasting foods is how we store our vegetables after we purchase them. Here are a couple of tips we can follow:

  • Wash vegetables when you are ready to eat them. If eating lettuce every day, then wash and dry thoroughly before storing in the refrigerator.
  • Put the fresh vegetables where they are visible so that you do not forget about them.
  • Blanching your vegetables and freezing can help in avoiding waste of your vegetables. To blanch your vegetables, put in boiling water for 1 – 3 minutes. After removing, put in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Chill drain and air dry.
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