7 Ways to Avoid Wasting Food at Home

I have noticed a lot of hashtagged national days on Twitter recently, some British, some international and a lot American, some of which are very strange.  Recently they have had …

National Eat a Cranberry Day
National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day
Go Hog Wild - Eat Country Ham Month

Funny chaps, the Americans!

The national day that interests me at the moment, however, is today …

Throw out your Leftovers Day

… which is surely a bit foolish to say the least.  

I believe 29th November was designated Throw out your Leftovers Day as a safety measure to remind people not to let their Thanksgiving leftovers malinger too long.  Sometimes, however, Throw out your Leftovers Day is almost a week aafter Thanksgiving which can be a problem.

All this is academic, of course, there’s really no excuse for throwing away good food and it does seem a bit daft to give thanks for all you've got and then throw some of it away! 

How about making the day after Thanksgiving ... Plan what to Make Next Day

7 Ways to Avoid Wasting Food

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1.  If you buy two for one and can’t eat both – give one away!
2.  Learn how to store things properly – see here for some help in this. 
3.  Understand the difference between “best before” and “use by” – read my little rant here for more about this. 
4.  Learn to cook, at least the basics. It’s not difficult, honestly, and can bring you so much yummy pleasure for the rest of your life!  
5.  Plan the week's meals ahead, make a shopping list and stick to it. (I do none of these things but do as I say, not as I do).
6.  Don’t overload plates – these leftovers are the hardest to use up (although within the family you can use this method for using up leftover dinner). 
7.  Read my book Creative Ways to Use Up Leftovers. Yes, this is a plug but a damn useful one as it will be a real help if you have leftovers and no idea what to do with them.

best leftovers cookbooks available!

Obviously the above suggestions are for Life, not just Thanksgiving.

I am, of course, very much looking forward to 30th December – National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, exciting or what!

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Incidentally I read recently that in the UK we throw out 24m slices of bread every single DAY. Apparently this would stretch up and down Snowdon 110 times which would, of course, be pointless!     


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1 comment:

Sue said...

Why do they say these inane things, the thrown away bread would stretch up and down Snowdon, is it supposed to make us picture it better. I for one cannot picture anything stretching up and down or even round and round Snowdon for the that matter.

And I for one would NEVER ever throw any bread away, so Snowdon can have none of mine ;-)