But I will tell you what I’ve done this week to minimize food waste at my house.
First, I managed to organize and label all of my 5 gallon buckets I have for food storage! I have a lot of buckets because I buy sugar, wheat, beans, rice, and oats in bulk. I had many more bags of food than buckets until recently when I found the food grade buckets on sale at Menards. I was pleased a couple weeks later when I also found the Gamma lids at Menards as well and I carried them all down to my basement, but there they sat empty until this week.
This week, I braved my basement. I emptied bags of oats, beans, and wheat into buckets and then I labeled them. My hubs helped me get those gamma lids on correctly because, boy, is that hard to do! And now, everything is nice and tidy! And I realized that I need to get busy baking with oats because I have tooooo many of them.
I also tidied my freezer. I’ve been participating in LifeasMom’s Eat from the Pantry Challenge and had an aha moment when I read that she has started reserving her kitchen freezer for the meals they intend to eat that week. I have a freezer in my garage that is full to the bursting and of course a freezer in my kitchen. My kitchen freezer was a huge mess and so unorganized.
So this week I also cleaned it out, rotated things out to the big freezer, and rotated meals and meat that I plan to cook this month from the outside freezer to inside. It made a HUGE difference in my freezer inside and makes it much easier to pull out meat to thaw now that I don’t have to head out in the cold to find whatever I need! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that myself.
Having all of that tidied and handy makes it less likely for me to waste food. My dried goods are safe from bugs and other types of loss in the buckets and having food easily at hand in my inside freezer makes it easier for me to follow my meal plan! Now I just need to get through my pantry and my spice cabinet and I’ll be very happy!
But most importantly, we ate all of the left overs, so I didn’t have to toss anything in the trash or compost bin! Life is good in Eastern Iowa.
How are you doing with food waste in your house?