Confession time: I’m a bulk-shopper and food hoarder, which sadly leads more often to waste of produce than creative cooking. This is nothing new; a NYC cabbie commented to my husband (as we unloaded his trunk from my grocery shopping trip), “Is she preparing for a hurricane or what?!” When we were preparing to leave for Austria, I gifted a friend with our unopened oils, pasta, spices, etc to which he commented, “Awesome, now I don’t have to go shopping for at least a year!”
Upon arrival in Austria, I once again bulk-shopped; but it doesn’t work so well here as everything spoils within two weeks. After removing doors from cabinets, keeping the house as cool as possible, researching the best storage options for potatoes and carrots, only to watch bread and lemons harden, tomatoes wither or potatoes sprout, I’ve adapted to Oma’s shopping style – daily.
Bulk-shopping saves time and money; but not when it contributes to food waste. So I was really glad to come across quick little article. (Click here: Waste Less) A few of them I’d already known; like separating apples and bananas from other produce and only washing what you’ll use. But there are a few other cool tricks that will be employed to save my herbs & lemons.
Now if only someone can give me a trick to keep my potatoes from sprouting so fast; anyone?!
These were stored in my dark, relatively cool pantry for about a month and now they’re growing! I’m researching their planting needs as that might be the only way for me to have them on demand without having to beat the 6pm closing time of the stores here. Only two negatives to that concept is: sweet potatoes have creeping vines and they need a lot a soil and I have rather limited garden space. Think I might still try though.
Now it’s your time to confess; what foods do you find yourself tossing in the bin? What food storage tricks help you use more and waste less?