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Welcome back to our series on environmental sustainability! Today, we’re diving into the world of food preservation. Whether you have a surplus of fresh produce from your garden or leftovers from last night’s dinner, there are plenty of ways to make sure nothing goes to waste.

Freezing Produce and Meals

If you find yourself with more produce than you can use in a week, consider freezing it for later use. Many foods including fruits, vegetables, herbs, cheeses, milk, eggs and leftovers can be blanched and/or frozen to preserve their freshness. Similarly, cooked meals can be portioned out and frozen for quick and easy dinners on busy nights.

Cooking with Leftovers

Leftovers don’t have to be boring! Get creative in the kitchen by repurposing leftovers into new meals. For example, yesterday’s roasted vegetables can be added to a frittata or turned into a hearty soup. By using up leftovers, you not only reduce food waste but also save time and money.

Making Jams and Preserves

Preserving fruits in jams and preserves is a delicious way to prolong their shelf life. Plus, it’s easier than you might think! Start by gathering your favorite fruits and follow a simple recipe for homemade jam. You’ll be amazed at how satisfying it is to enjoy homemade preserves all year round.

Ready to get started? Check out this Canadian Food Preservation Guide for tips and techniques on food preservation.

By mastering the art of food preservation, you can save money by making the most of your food and reducing food waste in your home.  Composting should be a last resort. 

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