A few more thoughts on wasting less food -
* This tip was given to me by a dear friend years ago, when we were young brides.
* Instead of throwing away those last few bites of veggies at the end of your meal, put them in a Tupperware container or freezer bag instead. Store in your freezer until you've accumulated enough to add to a soup, casserole or pot pie. (Thanks Andrea!)
* In the same fashion, save stale bread for bread crumbs, stuffing, cubed as croutons, or as bread pudding. I try cube or grate bread prior to freezing.
Make Your Own Convenience Foods From Leftovers -
Save that last piece or two of your lasagna, casserole, or any entree in the freezer. For extra flair, you can make your own frozen "TV" dinners by freezing single servings of entree and veggies together in a foil packet. Accumulate enough and have a "no-cook" night for Mom! Or take a week's worth to someone who is ill, elderly or otherwise unable to cook.
Just reheat in a 350 degree oven for 30 mins to reheat.. or microwave (not in foil) for 5 to 10 mins)
Never throw away bacon drippings. Strain into a Mason jar and store in refridgerator. It can be used to fry foods, or in place of shortening in most recipes. It adds a wonderful flavor.
When your food has gotten too spoiled to eat, feed it to your compost pile for your garden. There are many sites that can tell you far better than I how to start one. I just throw my compost into a pile along with grass clippings and leaves.
Hope you find these helpful!