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Waste not, want not! It’s a proverb that we’ve all heard before, probably more than once — but at least once at the dinner table as a 5-year-old with a plate full of unwanted peas or spinach, right?!
Vividly, I remember my Mom teaching me that proverb when I was a young girl, and it was likely one of the most valuable lessons I received from her. As a child, I ate everything willingly, (and still do, haha!!) so she was probably referring to not wasting crayons or something ha!
Today, as an adult running a household, (I am actually the CFO!) I most certainly apply that proverb to my food!
You knew I’d come back around to food, right?
Hi, I’m Kitchen Kimberley, and my world revolves around food…no surprise there, right? And because I love food, I do not like to waste it…ever!
Well, according to a recent news report, Americans waste up to 40% of the food they purchase. What a shockingly sad statistic! How can we waste less food?
Ideally, we would buy only what we need, when we need it, and we would actually use it and enjoy it.
But let’s face it, life is busy, and sometimes things come up…and then plans change, and suddenly we’re eating out because we don’t have time to prepare all of that food we purchased.
And then…(cue dramatic music!)…then comes ‘trash day’ when we clean out the fridge and toss all of that wasted money (I mean food) into the trash. Eeeeek!
Can you relate? I know I can! So, I work very hard to menu plan, shop accordingly, store everything appropriately, and stick to the plan of preparing healthy, enjoyable meals for my family.
It’s working beautifully, pun intended! Just look at this beautiful salad! No waste here!
But where do I start, you ask? First of all, in order to save money it is wise to shop the grocery ads, and buy in bulk whenever possible for future meals.
When I bring home bulk purchases, I immediately break them down into appropriate sizes and use my FoodSaver to seal them for longer and fresher storage. Of course the handy FoodSaver bags have a space where I can easily label with content and date, which I love! Everything is then placed into the freezer for safe storage, and it stays that way!
Never before has one gadget saved me so much $$$ and time! Seriously, I love it, and it’s so easy and fun to use! Check it out!
So many FoodSavers, so little time!
There are a variety of FoodSaver models available now on Amazon. Read the descriptions and find the one that’s the right fit for you and your needs. Since I am a tad thrifty (total understatement!), I ordered the medium-priced model from Amazon, and it has worked fabulously! You can consider is a “starter kit” of sorts, because it comes with a lots of different sized heat-seal bags ready to use!
The instructions are easy to follow, and I have now “food-saved” everything from soup to nuts!
FoodSaver keeps food fresh up to 5 times longer and prevents freezer burn. It will save you money by keeping foods fresh, and ready to enjoy. What more could you ask for? Not much, I think.
A few examples of this…are beef and poultry, which can be frozen up to 6 months in ordinary freezer storage, or 2 to 3 years using the FoodSaver!
It works fabulously for fresh foods, too! Fresh berries are only good for a few days in the refrigerator using ordinary storage, but can be kept fresh for 1 to 2 weeks using the FoodSaver bags.
Can you tell I love this thing? I have been a loyal FoodSaver since 2014, and there’s no telling how much this gadget has saved me, and also will save me in the future. No doubt, it has already paid for itself — and I love gadgets like that!
Gotta love gadgets like that! Here’s a handy-dandy link, so you can get yours today! This is the one I use, and I absolutely love it!
Check out some other FoodSaver models and accessories below to get started!
Until we eat again…may all your food be fresh and fabulous!