Food Preservation Methods

How you can eliminate food waste at home.

In my last post, I talked about food waste, and how the United States doesn’t have a problem with food supply, but has a problem with food waste. One of the best ways to combat food waste is with food preservation. Here are a few methods to try!

 

Water and a sealed container

Some fruits and veggies will last much longer if stored in an airtight container submerged in water. This includes strawberries and celery!

 

In the open

Other fruits and vegetables last longest when stored in a dry, shaded area. Tomatoes do best on the counter, the fridge is too cold and they’ll go bad more quickly!

 

Canning

I’m not good at this and I haven’t made a tutorial for you to follow. Instead, head over to canning and preserving with Dianna to learn! This process involves preserving food in a mason jar with heat and pressure. This makes contents shelf stable.

 

Freezing

One of my favorite ways to use fruit that goes bad before my family eats it! I toss strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and almost every other fruit into the freezer for smoothies or ice cream.

 

Composting

This method is by far the simplest. Toss food scraps into compost and use the compost as fertilizer for a garden or even a lawn.

 

Buy only what you need

This is technically preserving food, but it prevents the creation of waste on the consumer side and is wallet friendly.

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