Studies show that, on average, modern Americans throw away nearly half of their annual food supply… that’s right, nearly HALF! That is a lot of food!
To help address this issue, we have compiled a list of methods you can use to help cut down on food waste in your home. Simple practices like the ones listed below can make a significant impact over time.
Try these methods to help reduce food waste!
Try canning those extra fruit, so they can last for the future months.
Start a compost pile with food scraps and convert that old wasted food into a useful resource.
Donate those foods that you know you aren't going to eat, before they expire. Local food banks are always looking to donators!
Tossing half a loaf of bread each week? Try freezing half of the loaf as soon as you buy it so it doesn’t go stale.
First In, First Out
When unpacking groceries, move older products to the front, so you will use first and put new products in the back.
Fruits and vegetables can always be preserved by pickling them.
Fruits that are soon to brown can be used for smoothies, browning vegetables for soups, or nutritious juices.
Use veggie and meat scraps in stocks and use the rinds and zest from citrus to add flavor to other meals.
Keep note of your food's upcoming expiration dates and plan your meals around those products.
Use every piece of food you’re cooking with, because skins and stems have extra nutritients. Try leaving the skin on cucumbers or sauté broccoli stems with florets.