Freezing Food, Reducing Waste

freezer_foodWhen I moved out of my college apartment in December, I made several shocking discoveries. The first was how many bobby pins there were in my bedroom floor. Seriously, had I kept that place cleaner, I would have known I had hundreds of bobby pins. Second, how quickly so much stuff could be packed and moved. I had spent days working on that room before and never got it clean and my family had the whole thing packed and in the car in an hour. I guess it is safe to say I’m an incompetent house-cleaner. The most shocking discovery by far, however, was how much food I had let go bad in my freezer.

I had spent the last three years sharing an apartment with three other girls and while the apartment had a full-sized refrigerator, by midwest American standards, it was pretty darn small. So how … Continue reading

The Plight of a Naïve Grocery Shopper

I’ll admit I’ve had a problem, a problem that I imagine cost me quite a lot of money in the past. In college, I developed a habit of wasting tons of food that went bad in the refrigerator. It’s not like I was swimming in cash, either. Whether it was my busy schedule or my general forgetfulness, I seemed to just let food expire at the back of my fridge.

Over-shopping leads to wasteNow, it’s not that I was going grocery shopping every other day or loading up on food that I knew I wouldn’t eat. However, as you know, you usually can’t just buy single portions of food at your local supermarket. So, I ended up buying different items in bulk and used portions of them for my meals. This wouldn’t have been an issue if I’d remembered to eat the remaining food as … Continue reading