The one place in the home where unintentional wastage is rife is in the kitchen. Unfinished meals, expired products, seemingly empty jars and even little bits of food left in packaging may lead up to a large amount of usable food being wasted. If this food is to be translated into dollar amounts, then you would literally be throwing money into the trash.
There are five simple ways that you can save money by avoiding food wastage, and these are: –
Never spend money on breadcrumbs
Rather than spending money on breadcrumbs, collect breadcrumbs from your existing bread. Keep any stale bread that has not been eaten, especially the ‘ends’ of a loaf that are often thrown away as well as any crumbs that may be found in packaging. You can toast these pieces and grind them up into breadcrumbs that can then be used to cook other dishes.
Reinvent your leftovers
Save money on one to two meals a week by reinventing your leftovers. Often, leftovers are kept in the fridge until they go bad and get thrown away. Instead, you can use the bits and pieces from a Sunday roast to create a delicious pie for Monday night dinner.
Get everything out of a jar or bottle
How can you tell when you have finished a bottle of ketchup? When do you throw out your ‘empty’ mayonnaise jar? Answering these simple questions correctly can save you money.
If you add up how much ketchup you throw away per year, you may find that you lose up to one bottle. That is the amount of money that you are throwing away.
To save money by avoiding wastage, rinse the bottle out with a little vinegar. Not only will you retain the flavour, but you will also get some extra servings out of the bottle, and ensure that there are no bits left at the bottom or sides of the bottle.
You can use the same technique on a seemingly empty bottle of mayonnaise. When you can’t get anymore out with a spoon, add some plain yoghurt and rinse around. This can then be used for a light salad dressing.
Recycle your organic vegetable waste
You can save money on organic compost and manure for your garden by recycling your organic vegetable waste. Vegetable or fruit peels and seeds that would end up trashed can be collected and converted into organic manure or compost, as long as they are correctly separated from other trash in the home
Bulk up your pet food
Save a massive amount of money on pet food by bulking it up with food waste. When you peel root vegetables like potatoes, carrots and parsnips, keep the peels and chop them up into small pieces. These can then be added to the pet food and mixed in well, which will bulk it up and help it last longer. The longer it lasts, the less frequently you will have to purchase it.