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20 Simple Uses For Food On The Verge of Going Bad

November 19, 2013

Isn’t wasting food the worst? I seriously hate it.

My life is in constant conflict when I’m cleaning out the fridge: would I rather keep things neat, organized, and simplified or should I hang on to old stuff because I hate tossing it???!  (I know, I know…first world problems!)

To solve this soul-wrenching dilemma, I began experimenting and researching. Over the past 2 and a half weeks I have made almost everything below (except for spinach pasta sauce– but I see it in my near future!).

All of the following are very simple and easy ways to stretch your produce (click the teal-colored words for direct links!):

Simple Uses for Food on the Verge of Going Bad:


Meal-y, soft apples:

  • Apple Crisp– my absolute favorite thing to do with meal-y apples!!!

Uses for food on the verge of going bad: apple crisp

Slimy, bagged spinach:

  • Pasta sauce (this pasta sauce costs under $4 to make for 4 servings!)

Black, squishy bananas:


food on the verge of going bad: bananas



      • smoothies


fall favorite: pumpkin bread!

Photo courtesy of: Elana’s Pantry

      • baby food

Old, shriveled berries:

  • Put them in the freezer to make:

uses for food on the verge of going bad: frozen berries

    • smoothies
    • oatmeal topping (heat the frozen berries in the microwave and drizzle on top of oatmeal!)
    • berry-infused tea
    • muffins

Bruised, wrinkly tomatoes:

uses for food on the verge of going bad: pasta sauce

Going-bad, old citrus:

  • Clean your coffee pot (really well!):  Add ice, salt and lemon rinds to an empty coffee pot; swish and swirl it all around for a minute or two, dump everything and rinse well.
  • Add the peels to your fireplace wood for a sweet-smelling fire!
  • Simmer slices of citrus, cinnamon sticks and other spices on the stovetop for natural air freshener! (Here’s a link with lots of natural scent ideas!)

I will be writing a follow-up post, a little while from now, with some more ideas for more produce. I’ve got lots of things that I’m continuing to experiment with!

Let me know if you try any of these- I love feedback– the good, the bad, and the ugly! OR, if you have any of your own uses- please share them!!

P.S. We’re a little over a week away from Thanksgiving? Anyone making anything good!?

Catch ya on the flip side!


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