Waste Not: Freeze First, Eat Second

When making a big pot of soup, do you ever think "wow, this will be great to freeze" only to realize two weeks down the road that your white bean chili has passed its peak? Sometimes our best intentions lose out to busy schedules and food never quite makes it to the freezer, ending up in the trash instead. Fix this tendency with a Freeze First rule!

Whenever making a big batch of soup, stew, or even cupcake batter, set aside the majority right away to pack up and Freeze First. Worried about not having enough left over to eat in the coming days? Just grab it from the freezer when you're ready for it. Being overly freezer-friendly will help cut back on your food waste and provide you with a quick food supply on busy weeknights.

Freezing Guides:
Freezer Savvy: The Best Way to Freeze (and Thaw!) Meat
Freezer Meals: 5 Simple Tips for Freezing Any Soup
Freeze & Preserve Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil
Quick Tip: Freeze Leftover Ingredients for Impromptu Pizza Toppings

Related: Cook Once, Eat Twice! 15 Dinner Recipes to Double and Freeze

(Image: Ham Bone, Greens, and Bean Soup/Faith Durand)