I was reading the latest issue of Natural Awakenings and there was a great article on ways to reduce costly food waste. It’s a fact that most of us discard food items each week because we fail to eat them before they go bad. The NRDC reports that 40% of all edible food products in the United States is wasted each year! That it is around 34 million tons!!!!
Food waste occurs at many levels. Farm fresh fruits and veggies are often left unharvested because their appearance does not meet aesthetic standards imposed by grocery stores and pieces bruised during shipping and handling are a lot of times discarded. Also many people just simply buy more than they will use. Food waste represents the single largest component of all municipal solid waste now going into landfills.
Here are some ways to reduce our “food print”
Shop smarter by planning your meals for the week.
Inventory your pantry, fridge and freezer then make your shopping list and stick to it. Also we tend to over buy when we are hungry so don’t do your grocery shopping with your stomach growling!
Organize your fridge. Place leftovers at eye level so they can easily be seen and also move older items to the front .
If you see some of the items might go bad before you will eat them.Freeze them! Many foods will last for months if they are frozen.Also many fruits can be made into smoothies, jams or jelly
Wilted veggies such as celery, carrots, soft tomatoes or limp broccoli can be used in soups and stews.
No matter how hard we try there will always be food waste but a great way to use this is to compost it.
Do you find that you throw out a lot of food each week or do you put any of these tips to use?
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