Food waste by the average American family is estimated at 25 percent of your grocery shopping dollars — or a little more than $2,000 a year. Fresh vegetables top the list. If you have a better use for $2,000 this year, please read on for simple ways to store and preserve fresh vegetables before they become food waste in the trash or compost bin. We’ve come up with some storage recommendations for popular seasonal vegetables. Read all about them on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.