I have a real aversion to waste and throwing away food for many reasons. I try as much as possible not to be part of the statistics that claim that on average, Americans waste about 209 to 253 pounds of food per person every year. I try to teach my kids, even now, that food should not be wasted! Unfortunately, during the holidays, food waste can be even higher.
How to avoid food waste
Check your refrigerator and pantry before heading to the grocery store and make a note on perishable items to prevent buying items that are already in your fridge and have a short shelf life.
Don’t overstock on perishables
One of the easiest ways to waste food is to overstock on fruits, vegetables, and other similar items that do not stay fresh for a long time.
Clean up your fridge before grocery shopping
By cleaning the fridge beforehand, you can assess better what you will need and have a clean fridge to place the groceries in as soon as you get home.
Check the expiration dates
Make sure to take into consideration the expiration dates and the sold by dates on all the items you are buying.
Tip: Grocery stores usually place the new items they are restocking at the back of the tray leaving the oldest products at the front.
Look for Bogos and promotions
Bogos (Buy One, Get One Free) and special sales are a great way to save money. Look around at the different in-store promotions when making your list…It is a good idea to stock up on items that have a long shelf life and that are frequently consumed at home.
If there is something on your list that is not on sale, but you can definitely wait to get it, then wait. Chances are the product will be on sale next week. If it doesn’t, just get the minimum you need until it goes on sale.
Do a pantry check up
Check all the items in your pantry at least once a month and if you find items that were bought on impulse but didn’t really work for you, donate the food and clear up the prime space on your pantry!
Buy in bulk
I know I just said not to, but that applies more to fruits and vegetables. Meats and food that can be frozen are ok to buy in bulk as long as you follow a few simple steps:
Know what is in the freezer
Rotate your foods and make sure to place the new food at the bottom to prevent freeze bite and prevent clutter in your freezer.
Vacuum seal all your meat and fish
A vacuum sealer like the Avalon Bay FoodSealer300S Vacuum Sealer is a great ally in your kitchen.
This easy to use, user-friendly food vacuum sealer will allow you to preserve a wide selection of food items to prolong their shelf life!
A must for moist and delicate foods, you can use the different settings like the pulse option to control when to release the vacuum pressure, you can also set the machine for low or high speed along with dry and moist for a more custom experience.
Why do I like this food vacuum sealer?
If I were to tell you that packing meats is a favorite part of my day, I’d be lying through my teeth! I want to go through this process just as quickly and easily as possible.
The Avalon Bay FoodSealer300S Vacuum Sealer comes with a convenient bag roll dispenser, along with an integrated cutter to save time and space.
If you like using canisters for food storage, you can purchase the jar attachment and the unit even has a built-in cord storage to keep all the pieces nice and tidy.
The Portion Control feature is not just for people on a diet. It allows for vacuum sealing the correct amount of food you will need for a specific meal. This will help prevent having a lot of leftovers that might end up in the trash can!
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