Over the past couple of years, we have gradually increased the amount of food we buy organically. While on a microcellular level it may be improving our health, it is not improving our budget. The downside of buying food without preservatives is that they have no preservatives. They spoil quickly and that is just money in the trash can. I have tried to come up with some ideas for kitchen loss prevention.
|Put a chalkboard on the freezer.|
|Put a wipe-off board near the freezer.|
There is one store in particular where I like to buy the majority of my produce. Since I am as of yet a very poor gardener, I refer to this store as my backyard garden. Rather than buying a lot of produce when I get paid, I just go to the store when I need it so I can get the freshest produce and know that I am going to use what I buy right away. I don't buy ALL my produce organic. I have an app on my phone to remind me which fruits and vegetables are on the "Dirty Dozen" list and which are on the "Clean 15" list by Environmental Working Group.
Here is a chart to help you know how long you can safely keep food.
|An chart of the shelf life of fruit and vegetables.|
Friend Hubby is a stickler for this. No boxes of cereal get opened before the first box gets eaten. The pantry shelves are stocked so that the oldest jar of spaghetti sauce or can of baked beans gets used first. In addition, fresh vegetables get cooked before frozen vegetables do.
MUST-GOs: Fridays are for MUST-GOs. What are MUST-GOs? Everything in the refrigerator MUST GO. From one Friday to the next, we keep track of what has been put into the refrigerator. Most of it is still within the 3-4 day safe period so those get eaten before Shabbat meal is cooked. This is a good habit and helps to prevent science experiments from reproducing in your refrigerator.
CRYSTAL CLEAR: I missed out on these bowls at Costco last year. I have been disappointed about it all year. They are back today and I pounced on them. I am tired of having to put the whole crock pot in the refrigerator because I don't have anything else big enough to store leftovers in. I also feel that having translucent dishes will help us not to throw away food because no one knows what's in there and how long it's been there. We've got a big meal coming up and we're not going to want our leftovers to taste like the aluminum pans. Plus, $15 for 8-piece Pyrex is a deal.
I hope you save tons of money with these ideas!
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