Today I would like to give you some tips on saving fruits and vegetables from going to waste. I have talked to many people and have learned that this generation doesn’t know how to cook or preserve food. The cost of food is getting higher and higher and it’s not just food but also gasoline and other products we need.
How many times do we throw out food because we can’t use it fast enough? A young family can save lots of money by thinking ahead. Here are a few things we can all do to save that half onion we have left or the extras from when we went to a big box store and bought more fruits and vegetables than we can eat. By the time you eat on these for a few days, they start to really get ripe fast. We all love smoothies and cobblers so let’s freeze some and use later.
Here are some tips I have learned throughout my lifetime.
Bacon – Divide bacon in small packages and freeze. Buy bacon ends and divide into snack bags and freeze for use in soups, rice, corn bread or anything else you use it for.
Green Onions – I buy on sale or grow my own, clean and chop onions and freeze in bags. Pull out a bag when you need for soups, casseroles, stews and etc. You can also dry these, but I like the fresh flavor, even though I have dried in my storage.
Onions – I always seem to have a half or 1/4 of onion left from recipes, so whether they are Yellow, Red, White or Green, you can chop them up and freeze. Grab a handful when needed and you have no waste.
Carrots- No one can tell me they don’t waste carrots because they are old and limp. Well now you can peel the carrot place in cold water for an hour (if they are not to old and brown) and either shred or cut up in bite size pieces and freeze. You can also dry them if you have a lot. These work great for stews soups and even salads.
Cabbage – I know you waste cabbage, buy a head for cole slaw and then you have half left over. Well shred or chop cabbage and place in freezer bags, you can reach in the bag and drop a handful or two in soups or stir-fries.
Fruits – You can freeze or dry lemon, oranges, limes and grapefruit, also nectarines, plums, peaches and apples. If freezing lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruit do not slice. Freeze them whole. Place in bags with a twist tie and when ready to use take one out and slice frozen for decorations, punch or other drinks. Use as soon as possible. Freeze citrus peel by slicing in stripes and placing on cookie sheet to freeze. Then place in small bags inside a larger bag and place in freezer.
Nectarines, plums, peaches apples or other fruits like berries can also be dried or frozen. You can cook the dried or frozen fruits to have for cobblers or pies, berries can be frozen whole for other uses, like smoothies, decoration on puddings or cakes and many other uses.
All of the above fruits and vegetables can be dried for your storage and vacuum packed with a food saver. Here are some links on using foodsavers. Food Saver Jar Sealer, Some tips on how to save food with your FoodSaver, See my Wife’s FoodSaver Demo. Do not vacuum seal the bacon.
You don’t have to start big just a little at a time and you would be surprised at how automatically you start doing other things you have left over. I hope these tips on saving fruits and vegetables helps at least one person. Good luck