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Stop Wasting Food with This Tip

Are you wasting food and you don’t even realize it? Food prices continue to rise little by little and making the most of what you have is important to keep your food budget low.

Are you throwing away food little by little and you don’t even know it. Come find out what I discovered and how I reversed my thinking to save.

We try to make the most of each food item we have and I’m sure you do too. I try to use up fresh fruits and vegetables that will go bad more quickly before opening up a can or taking fruit or vegetables out of the freezer.

We make breadcrumbs out of the heels of bread so they don’t go to waste. We also eat leftover regularly to keep from having to throw them away when they go past their prime.

But there was one way I was wasting food and maybe you’re doing the same and don’t even realize it.

How I Realized I was Wasting Food

It was one of those mornings when I was running late at getting breakfast made for the hubby and kids. The morning just didn’t start out right.

My son didn’t want to get up, I keep telling him to get up.

The dogs were begging to go out, if I don’t take them out it just makes more work for me. And my hubby needed to get off to work. It was a busy morning.

I grabbed the jar of peanut butter to make everyone’s peanut butter toast and it was almost empty. I decided it wasn’t enough to bother with. I left it on the counter and grabbed another jar out of our stockpile and didn’t think much about it.

After my husband was off to work, my kids were eating breakfast and I was deciding if I wanted toast or not for myself. I looked at the almost empty jar of peanut butter.

The morning had been busy, it wasn’t worth scraping that jar of peanut butter. I rationalize it can’t be that much maybe a quarter of a serving. After all, it’s only the bits that were stuck to the sides and a little in the bottom.

I thought to myself why was it even returned to the refrigerator because it was obviously empty. But then my frugal thought process kicked in and I had to know how much was left in that jar. I couldn’t let it go.

Are you throwing away food little by little and you don’t even know it. Come find out what I discovered and how I reversed my thinking to save.

Questioning Was I Really Wasting Food That Much?

Would it be enough for my toast? Would it be worth my while? I had to know.

I found my small spatula. You can use a large spatula but I found the small one gets more out and it’s easier to fit into the even small opening in the jar.

I scraped around until I was able to get the peanut butter jar almost clean. And what did I find? Enough peanut butter for my toast that morning.

Wow, that was more Wasted Food than I Would Have Guessed

I had almost thrown away a whole serving without any thought. Now it might not seem like much but hear me out.

Are you throwing away food little by little and you don’t even know it. Come find out what I discovered and how I reversed my thinking to save.

Have you ever really thought about how much you are leaving behind in those cans and jars? It can be a serving and over the course of a year that can add up to a full can or jar being wasted.

Would you really throw a whole jar of good food away? No of course not. But if you aren’t scraping the jars and cans before discarding them, that’s what you could be doing.

My new motto will be not a drop left behind to waste.

Other Food Waste Stopper Ideas

If you have jam left in your jars a great way to use it up is to make end of the jar popsicles. It only takes a few minutes and some popsicle molds to make.

Make Breadcrumbs from the heels of Bread

Don’t let a great sale on garlic go to waste, make freezer garlic cubes and keep them usable longer.

Keep your fresh ginger longer by preparing it for the freezer.

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Are you throwing away food little by little and you don’t even know it. Come find out what I discovered and how I reversed my thinking to save.

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3 thoughts on “Stop Wasting Food with This Tip”

  1. I’m just like you…I have a hard time not using up every last bit in a container! My husband sometimes makes fun of me because I have to get everything out of the toothpaste tube or the mayonnaise jar.

    Just last week, I found that I couldn’t get any more conditioner out of the bottle in the shower. I had purchased one of those big conditioners from Costco with the pump in it. The bottle still felt like it had a lot still inside, so I took out the pump and discovered about 1 1/2 inches of conditioner still at the bottom. The pump just wasn’t long enough to reach down all the way to grab the last of the conditioner. I’ve gotten at least 7 servings out of the bottle so far, and there’s still more….that’s over a week’s worth of use!

  2. Very good tip in preventing food waste. I’ve stopped buying peanut butter and now make my own varieties of peanut-butter and other nut butters. In favor of less sugar and less plastic waste. We also use bread heel for croutons or bread crumbs.
    I wash & freeze discarded ends of vegetables to make chicken or vegetable stock or to feed our house bunny. To use up precious veggies we make homemade soups, stews, fried rice, and add them to spaghetti sauce or sloppy joes, meatloaf etc..
    For fruit I’ll freeze bits and pieces to add to smoothies and other desserts. Make fruit syrups and toppings.

    1. Thanks for sharing all your food waste prevention tips. I too make our own sunflower butter and just started making homemade peanut butter too. Our family likes it better.

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