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Love Food Friday Tip #3: Stock the Staples…

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Food Waste Elimination Tip #3: Stock the Staples!

Chef Christopher Gigiel

A kitchen stocked with the staple ingredients is a happy and less wasteful kitchen!

While it may seem counter intuitive to the two former tips (Plan and Organize!), stocking the staples is actually a key way that I ensure that I have what I need to make use of the more expensive and more perishable fresh items. I routinely stock dried and canned goods like pastas, rice, canned beans and tomatoes, and several jarred sauces as well as flour, sugar, etc.

With a basic inventory of these items, I can ensure that I make use of the produce or meat I bought but didn’t get around to cooking when my busy life got in the way. “Shelf stable” items like this never go bad, and allow me to whip something up in a pinch or for that unexpected company that drops by.

Love Food Friday Recipe Share #3: Beef Chili Five Ways!

Anne’s note: I don’t purchase 93% lean ground beef as the recipe suggests.  It cooks up nicely with burger that is less lean as well 🙂

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Love Food Friday Tip #2: Organize Your Kitchen!

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 Food Waste Elimination Tip #2: Organize Your Kitchen!

Chef Christopher Gigiel

Organize your fridge and pantry.  An organized kitchen is a happy kitchen, and also an efficient and less wasteful kitchen.

If you can easily see what’s in your refrigerator and pantry you’re much less likely to waste things.

  • I keep perishable things at the forefront of my fridge so that they don’t get shoved to the back and become a fuzzy science experiment-gone-wrong.
  • I regularly take mental inventory of what I have and make sure that I store newer groceries behind older ones so the older ones get used first.

In the restaurant business we call this FIFO – First in, First out, it ensures I use things in a timely manner and they don’t go to waste. I go so far as to physically do inventory and check things off the grocery list that I made before I go shopping so I know that I’m not buying in excess.

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Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by organizing your kitchen and enjoying Chef Chris’s: Slow-Cooked Corned Beef in Beer with Red Currant-Mustard Sauce

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