I usually avoid reading articles about food waste, as they are typically written to make Americans feel bad about the rich bounty of our lives. This one, however, puts it in dollars and cents – you PAID for that food! Why throw it away?
First, the depressing statistics:
- About 40 percent of all food in the U.S. goes to waste.
- The average American wastes about $28 to $43 in food each month, roughly 20 pounds of food.
- Broken down, about 17 percent of dairy, 20 percent of vegetables, 15 percent of fruit, 18 percent of the grains, 25 percent of seafood, and 33 percent of the meat you buy goes to waste. Money Talks News
How to avoid throwing food (and money) away? There are several tips and tricks you can use – some a little nuttier than others. The full list is at the original article, but here are some highlights.
1. Store onions in pantyhose. (I assume you shouldn’t be wearing them at the time.)
2. Add rice to your seasonings. (Absorbs moisture, and gives your spices that extra ricey flavor!)
3. Invest in airtight plastic containers. (Keeps crackers, cereal, etc. fresh for two extra weeks!)
4. Store bread in the fridge. (I don’t buy enough bread to know if this works or not, but my bagels last up to a month!)
5. Prep salads in mason jars. (Apparently, you can keep salads for 10 days this way!)
6. Give fruits and vegetables a vinegar bath. (Removes dirt, wax, and bacteria for longer shelf life.)
7. Keep an eye out for bad apples. (Despite what the Osmond Brothers say, one bad apple CAN spoil the whole bunch, girl.)
8. Make frozen buttermilk or cream cubes. (Yes, in an ice tray. Yes, people will think you are crazy.)
At our house, it’s usually bananas and salad fixin’s that seem to get wasted most. How about you? Are these tips useful? Bizarre? Usefully bizarre? Read the original article, and let us know!