The average American household wastes about 25% of the food they purchase every year. This leads to literal tons of waste and will cost you 1,000 to 3,000 dollars a year that could be used somewhere else. If you're tired of food waste costing you money us these helpful tips to take control.
Deal With Your Fridge First
If you really want to save money the first step is to make sure that your fridge is running at maximum efficiency. If your fridge is older it may be sucking up electricity while simultaneously not keeping your food cold enough. If your fridge is older you may want to this about upgrading to a new energy efficient model. At the very least make sure that your temperature setting is adjusted to normal and not set too high or too low.
Only Buy What You Need
One of the problems that many of us face is over-buying foods that don't keep. Some people use a European model too where they buy their produce every day or every three days so they don't buy too much. This may be inconvenient for a lot of you so I would suggest that you plan your meals ahead of time and know exactly how much produce you will need for the week.
Grow Your Own
A great way to save money is by growing your own foods. It cuts out the middle man which saves you a ton of money and usually doesn't produce more than you can handle. If the need arises you could always can the excess or offered up to a neighbor or a family in need.
Use Your Freezer
There are a surprising number of fresh vegetables which can be frozen and still maintain their flavor and texture. Peppers, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, and onions are just a few of the vegetables that you can freeze for later use. Some of these vegetables need to be blanched before they can be frozen so make sure you check out proper freezing procedures before popping them in the freezer.
There Are Products Made Specifically to Save Your Produce
The Prepara herb saver is designed to keep your fresh herbs fresher for up to 3 weeks. This handy little device guarantees the freshness of those greens which is awesome as anyone who likes to cook with fresh herbs knows that they can turn on you quickly.
Another super-cool product is the BluApple freshness extender. This unassuming device absorbs ethylene gas which is often the cause of fresh fruits and vegetables going bad. These things cost less than $10 and the company claims that it can save you around $600 a year in produce bills.
What's your trick to saving money in the refrigerator? Have you ever tried one of these freshness saving products? Please feel free to let me know in the comments.
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