Military Spouse Magazine

MAR 2019

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If you have children, get them involved in the planning, shopping, and cooking process. There are obviously some ages that are more suited towards assisting, but these are very important adaptive life skills to teach. Plus it makes it more fun and you get help, too. Going green is something in which the whole family can participate. FOOD STOR AGE With a few changes to your pantry and refrigerator, you'll be amazed at how long fresh items keep when stored properly. These tips include the use of plastic, which is controver- sial, but if it prolongs the investment of food, it can be worthwhile. Tips for storing your food: • Keep leafy greens wrapped in a paper towel in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer. • Place the stems of fresh herbs in a glass with some water and cover with a plastic bag. • Put carrots in a baking dish submerged in water and cover with plastic wrap. • Keep your bananas connected to each other at the stem if possible. 2 3 Photo by Samantha Jones Photo by Jake Helms MOVING Many military families know the undertaking of clean- ing out all the food from the kitchen when it's time to PCS. This is often an overwhelming time when many items get thrown into the trash, but with a little preparation, it can be a much smoother experience that results in less waste. Tips for your next PCS. • Two months prior to the move, take a look into the depths of your refrigerator, freezer and pantry. There likely are some hidden gems that would be the perfect addition or base for a meal, which saves you money and time. Be sure to finish up those seasonings, too. Be sure to incorporate these overlooked items into your meal planning, also. • If you find a boxed cake or brownie mix that your family doesn't really need, bake the batch and give it to a neighbor to enjoy. • Pass along that frozen chili that's still good to a friend, of- fer the rest of those condiments that are still usable, as long as the person doesn't mind a partially used item, it's much better to share rather than throwing it away. • If you end up with items that are packaged but can't seem to find a home for them, contact a local shelter or non- profit that would be very grateful for your donation. Check their specifics on what they'll accept beforehand. • Do your best to empty out the almost gone condiment containers so that you can rinse and recycle them. You'll be impressed with how much can be reused instead of trashed. • Carefully place dry goods and non perishables into two sealed plastic bags and store or transport in a temperature controlled environment. With a little effort, research, and time, implementing green practices in your lifestyle can result in healthier living, money saved, less waste, more recycling, connecting with others, and passing down important practices to the next generation. H MARCH 2019 MILITARYSPOUSE.COM 11 / / / MILITARYSPOUSE.COM MILITARYSPOUSE.COM MARCH 2019 MARCH 2019 11 11

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