the Top 5 Wasted Foods

AND WHAT TO DO WITH THEM BE­FORE THEY GO OVER THE EDGE .

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1.

Dairy prod­ucts Most dairy is pas­teur­ized, mak­ing it very safe. Give it the sniff test be­fore you toss it. Ex­tra cheese (like shred­ded moz­zarella) and yo­gurt can also be frozen.

2.

Veg­eta­bles Makes sense—this is all highly per­ish­able stuff. About-to-turn pro­duce is great in dishes like stir-fries, soups and omelets that wilt the veg­gies any­way.

3.

Fruit Bag it, date it and freeze it for smooth­ies or jam. Or cook it down into a com­pote or make salsa to serve along­side meat or fish.

4. Grain prod­ucts Cooked grains are the big­gest cul­prit here, so try us­ing left­over rice or quinoa in a break­fast bowl with veg­gies and a fried egg. Sliced bread can be frozen and later toasted. Blitz stale bread in the food pro­ces­sor and freeze for the next time you need home­made bread­crumbs.

5. Meat, poul­try and

fish Make stews or chilis—any­thing that fully cooks the pro­tein and can then be frozen. Or cook meat and poul­try thor­oughly and freeze for tacos.

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