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When Mr. Mordecai and I were first married, we were on a very tight budget, and we didn't waste any food. We cleaned our plates; we used food before it spoiled; I even saved vegetable scraps to make broth.
Fast-forward seven years, and I am ashamed to say that we have gone downhill. While I don't feel guilty about not making vegetable broth, I do feel guilty about the amount of food I throw away. Occasionally I toss too-old leftovers or spoiled produce, but most of our waste is uneaten food from our kids' plates.
The natural answer would be to make sure the kids clean their plates, but I don't want to teach them to eat more than they need. I'm going to start serving them smaller portions. Since I started paying attention to waste a few weeks ago, I'm fast learning how much they'll probably be able to eat.
I'm going to try to help my family waste less food. Do you have any ideas for eliminating food waste in the kitchen and at the table?