This is the third part of Frannie’s dive into reducing food waste at home. Click to read the first and second parts.
Did you know that there are ways to reduce food waste and save water even after you’re done cooking and eating?
If you’re like Frannie, you know that variety is the spice of life. Eating the same thing for several meals each week can get a little boring. Instead of letting all of those leftovers go to waste, consider freezing them for a few weeks or, depending on the item, up to a few months.
If you have so many leftovers that you can’t possibly eat them all before they good bad, consider donating them. Even if your food is a little too old for food centers to take it, many farmers accept scrap donations for pig feed or to add to their own compost piles. To find a farm near you that does this, click here.
After your morning cup of coffee or afternoon teak, the used leaves and grounds can be added to your compost pile or simply scooped on top of your houseplants or garden. If you use coffee pods, consider starting seedlings or small succulents in them instead of heading straight for the garbage bin. You can find ideas for pod potters, along with other artsy ways to upcycle the pods, here.
And remember, the best way to really reduce food waste is to educate yourself and others about why it's an issue and what you can do about it.