[00:00:00] Produce is so easy to just buy too much and throw so much of it away. So we’re going to talk about how to waste less produce. And this will give you a lot more money freed up so you’re not throwing away your produce and literally throwing away your money. The first thing is to buy the amount of produce your family will actually eat, not what you hope to eat.
[00:00:22] I know for a lot of us, we have this idealized view of what we want our family to look like or how we want our lives to like how much food we should be eating and like what. What kind of food we want to have. And so we fill our homes with a ton of produce and then it just sits there and sits there and sits there, and then it slowly rots.
[00:00:44] And then we feel bad and guilty because we’re having to throw it away. So try to figure out like how much you actually are or eating. And if you continually buy way too many bananas and they go bad too [00:01:00] quickly. Stop buying bananas every time you go to the grocery store, start just tweaking how you are purchasing and the amount that you are buying every time you go to the store.
[00:01:12] Another way to waste less on your produce is to cut your produce up like your carrots, your celery, your bell peppers, and have them as an easy snack before they go bad. Because a lot of times it’s easy for us to just think like, Oh, having a pepper in the fridge would be a great idea, but then you never actually cut it and you never.
[00:01:32] Think to actually use it. So if you cut it up, you’re more likely to eat it because it’s just going to be easy peasy. You don’t want to do this if you are planning on eating this, like for, you know, like four days from now because it’s going to get rotten and dried out. And I know if you cut carrots like it just, you need to eat it up pretty quickly.
[00:01:53] You don’t want to just have it cut up and just sitting in your fridge for days and days. So determine [00:02:00] how, how often you’ll be able to do that. So maybe you spend, you know. 10 minutes on Monday mornings or Sunday nights, and you cut up a bunch of produce and veggies and just put them into little, you know, snack baggies or whatever you want, and have it set aside so you’re not eating something unhealthy.
[00:02:21] And it just makes it easy because you haven’t done. So if you do it more in batch work, it will help save you time and you’re more likely to eat it up. Another thing to do is to make sure you store your produce properly. I have a PDF attachment on how to store produce in the right spot, and I think a lot of the times, the way that maybe you grew up, I know for me, I go through and like after I started doing a lot of research on how to store your produce so it lasts longer.
[00:02:53] A lot of the things that have been passed down to a lot of us really isn’t the best way. So going through and you can just [00:03:00] print off that, um, produce, storing and just put it like on the inside of one of your cabinets in your kitchen, may some place close to where you store your produce so you can just double check it.
[00:03:10] Because a lot of times we just need that reference because we don’t know it all off the top of our head. So I wanted to make that really easy and convenient for you. Another way to waste less on your produce is when you do buy excess veggies and fruit, freeze them before they turn bad. Some fruits and veggies are just not great frozen.
[00:03:33] I have learned this the hard way. Like with apricots, we froze them and they are so bitter, like crazy bitter. You have to add so much sugar. That’s something that I would just recommend eating fresh if you’re going to buy them, and that’s why I have the a to Z grocery guide that you’ll be able to go through.
[00:03:53] That goes through each fruit and vegetables to see like what’s the best way to prepare it, the best way to [00:04:00] save it, and which ones are good to grow. That would just make sense financially and with how much production they have. Like for me, growing corn is not a good plan because for one, it takes a ton of water up.
[00:04:15] I live in Idaho where we don’t have crazy amounts of water and I actually have to water my garden and. You don’t really get that much corn went off of a stock of corn and you can buy it for a lot cheaper. So I don’t grow corn because it just doesn’t make sense. Same with carrots, like I can buy carrots.
[00:04:37] For way cheaper than I can growing them. And it just economically, it just doesn’t make sense to grow carrots. And so just figuring out like what works for you. If you love grown carrots, so be it, go do it, but to really look at it for how much you production the plant gets versus buying it at the store [00:05:00] and that like, I just want to make that really easy for you to determine what works.
[00:05:05] Best and what will save you the most money in the long run. Okay. The next thing to do is to organize your fridge, your pantry, your freezer, so you know where your produce is, and you can see it clearly. Make sure you have a designated area in your fridge so you actually know where it’s at and you’re not like looking all around.
[00:05:28] And sometimes if you put . A lot of stuff at the back or the top of your fridge, it’ll actually freeze. And so you definitely don’t want to ruin like a bag of salad because it just got shoved too far back and then the whole thing turns bad because you put it in a spot that it just got too cold. Okay, so another thing to do is to.
[00:05:53] Use a list when you purchase produce so you don’t overbuy and you don’t buy duplicates. If you know [00:06:00] that you already have a ton of oranges at your house, then you’re less likely to go the store and buy more oranges. If you see like, Oh, I could use some avocados and I’m out of carrots, then you put that on your list and you go and get those, and that way you just, it makes it easier.
[00:06:16] You don’t have to overthink it. Another way to do this is to use veggies up that are close to needing, be like, they’re not rotten, but they, they’re needing to be used up. Add those into soup stews or stir fries. You can put, like, you probably have heard the term, um, use everything but the kitchen sink like.
[00:06:37] You can use all of the random veggies you have added to omelets, added to all kinds of different things. Use those up before they go bad. Is that what you don’t have to throw it away and then you’re adding a lot more veggies and variety into your diet. Another way you can do it is to dehydrate produce.
[00:06:55] You can do this to bananas, which I have. Surprisingly, really liked [00:07:00] to do. Um, I don’t like buying, the store-bought dried bananas because they normally, I don’t know, they’re just so crunchy and I just haven’t loved the taste, but dehydrating them myself has been way better. You can also do hydrate apples, peaches.
[00:07:16] There’s all kinds of things you can do. So if you have like a fruit tree or you buy a big, you know, there’s like a big sale on, you know, a flat of strawberries or whatever you want to try. Dehydrated for strawberries, which I haven’t tried. It might be a good idea. It might be a terrible idea. I have had quite a few different blunders with dehydrating stuff, and I have that in the a to Z guide, like dehydrating apricots is pretty, um, tricky because you actually have to turn the apricots inside out and they turn all Brown and you’ve, it’s just pretty tricky.
[00:07:51] So I like buying dried apricots instead of doing it myself. And then overall, if you make it a goal to waste less produce and you start paying [00:08:00] attention to how much you’re buying, how much you’re throwing away, naturally, you’re going to start. Wasting less, and so start paying attention to it and make it a goal to not waste your produce.
[00:08:13] Maybe make it a goal to not throw anything away out of your fridge for a week and see if you can do it and give yourself like mini-challenges. Maybe make it a goal that one night a week that you’re going to just use up the produce that needs to be used up and just come up with some crazy, it could be an amazing meal.
[00:08:34] It could be. One that you might not want to repeat later on. The try something to use up the things that you have at your house and that will really help you. And so I’m just going to talk a little bit of some nitty-gritty details on produce. So you’ll follow these steps below for a step by step guide.
[00:08:53] It will help you to save a ton of money on produce without throwing it away. So in this a to [00:09:00] Z guide, you’re going to learn tips and tricks on ways to save on each produce items. So I have an alphabetical order, so it starts out with an N ends with Z, obviously, and. I talk about the amount I’ll spend on each piece of fruit and or veggie.
[00:09:16] I talk about ways to store it, how to freeze it, how to prolong the lifespan of the product and some creative and inexpensive ways to use the produce. And I also talk about what produce is worth growing. I have been gardening for pretty much my whole life and I have. Had like huge gardens where I’m planting, you know, I think I planted one year, like 35 different tomato plants, and I’m working on organic gardening.
[00:09:47] I am a certified Korean natural farmer if that means anything. But I do love gardening and I really love figuring out what. Grow, what items are worth [00:10:00] growing versus just buying at the store because I don’t have as much space as I used to grow my plants. And so I just want to focus on the plants that are most productive.
[00:10:13] They’ll give me the most bang for the buck and stuff that really just produce a lot. So here we go. Take some time to go through this a to Z guide, and I hope it helps you so much.