Like many of you I am very aware that our grandparent’s generation did not have access to the wide variety of foods we see now. My grandmother raised her children in Britain during the war when food was rationed. In order to keep her family from going hungry she had to be very creative about eking out the food she had. She also supplemented her rations by growing vegetables and fruit in her garden and canning the surplus for use during the winter. What a contrast that is to my trip to the supermarket with my daughter last weekend where we took in the rows and rows of processed goodies designed to tempt us. We have become people who buy food on a whim whereas my grandmother had to be organized and make a plan. My daughter wanted to buy a large tub of guacamole and was shocked when I told her she couldn’t have it unless she had a plan for how to use it all. She decided not to buy it because she really only wanted a little bit.
So for the past few months I have been cutting down on my family’s wasted food and I thought I would pass on to you the things that we have been doing that have worked for us.