Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Scrape the bowl clean

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Everybody wants to save money on food and there are lots of ways to do that--coupons, shopping different stores, learning to use leftovers "creatively" which we all know is code for "disguising food so you can trick people into eating it again".

Those techniques call for some advance planning and at least a little know-how.  But there is one simple way to save money on food that every single person can do TODAY, using what you have in your kitchen right now:

Scrape the bowl clean.

By this I mean don't leave behind anything that can be used to feed someone--not a grain of rice, not a drop of batter, not a crumb or a drip of anything that has been prepared for eating.

It's just simple math:

1 teaspoon of food left behind in the pan is hardly anything--you'd need a rubber spatula to get it. Leave a single teaspoon behind at every meal, three times a day, and in one day you'll have left behind 1 tablespoon of food.
1 tablespoon of food left behind is hardly anything--you'd still need a rubber spatula to get it. Leave a single tablespoon of food behind every day and in four days you'll have left behind 1/4 cup of food.
1/4 cup of food left behind is hardly anything--you might still need a rubber spatula to get it.  But in eight days you'll have left behind a full adult serving that could have fed a member of your family for no additional cost to you.

Sure, the bit you leave behind isn't going to be the same from day to day, but waste is waste and in a year it comes to over 22 cups of food--that's more than five and a half quarts of food in the trash.

So--go get yourself a rubber spatula.



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