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October 11th, 2019 at 04:11 pm

We are now in a transitional time in life... we have three children - 21, 19 and 17.

Sometimes they are home for dinner. Sometimes not.
Depends on their work schedule and their social schedules.

However, I keep buying food like we are all there, all the time. (Well, I have gotten a little better).

We end up throwing so much away. It is hurtful. And drives my husband bananas.

Last Sunday, I made a roast and some beef stew to just have made for the week (plus we had chicken stew from Saturday night - so since Roasts don't last more than 15 minutes in my house, we basically had chicken stew and beef stew as options for dinner/lunches whatever)

As of last night, we still have too much chicken and beef stew left. I think my husband is going to toss it when he gets home. Question though - even if it has been in the fridge for a few days - can I just freeze it now or is it too late, I wonder?

I really need to just separate when I cook for fridge use and straight to freezer use. It will help cut down on food waste (which will make my husband happier than my wallet) and also allows for less "cooking" nights.

I used to meal plan real hard. As the kids starting aging up, I meal planned less and less. And it is still hard to do because I NEVER know if they are going to be home or not for dinner.

I really need to either get them to let me know when I should plan for them to be home to eat OR I should meal plan based on just my husband, my 17 year old and myself (because even if she is at work, I am still responsible for feeding her, lol)

6 Responses to “Food Waste”

  1. GoodLiving Says:

    I don't know why it would hurt to freeze it, I always would freeze things to save them a bit longer. The other thing you could do is freeze stuff like meat portions in individual portions and they can always heat and eat then. Good luck with your transitions! I miss my boy.

  2. Bluebird Says:

    Yes, we often freeze food after a few days in the refrigerator.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I would say freeze it.

    I like good living ideas of making stuff for the freezer so they can defrost and heat and eat.

  4. mumof2 Says:

    we have a family schedule up and also meal plan, everyone is responsible for putting their schedule on it (it goes for the month) and when we meal plan we write down how much we need depending on who will be home...we always have smaller meals in the freezer so if they arent home and are hungry they can defrost and heat up...saves us a lot of money...teaches them responsibility and being organised as well.

  5. Lucky Robin Says:

    If it is less than 72 hours old, freeze it. After 3 days mold spores can set in. You won't be able to see them for a couple more days but they are there. We always throw stuff in the freezer before that time has passed.

  6. crazyliblady Says:

    I also like to freeze foods in individual size containers. This allows the food to be thawed out and heated up for a supper or taken to work for lunch. I find it to be a good idea to label it with a post it note to indicate what it is. Otherwise, you wind up with mystery meals. If I have leftover chicken, beef, or other meat leftover, I generally toss it into a ziploc freezer bag and label it with the kind of meat it is. Meat can be repurposed into soups, stews, sandwiches, or green salads. I also save bones for making broth.

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