How You Can Reduce Food Waste
By Sara Butler
Food waste is a big problem in the United States. The average family of four will throw away $2000 worth of food in a year, according to the Wall Street Journal. This wastes money and resources because it makes a big environmental impact because it releases methane from the landfill, and methane is a greenhouse gas that may contribute to global warming. So, what can you do in order to reduce food waste and have a healthier environment to thrive in? Here are a few ideas!
Stew is Your Friend
It’s a familiar scenario: You fill your fridge with fresh vegetables in order to try to be healthy, but they’re close to spoiling before you remember them. Fear not! You don’t have to throw those veggies out, you just need to fire up your crock pot and make a stew. Or you can make a pot of vegetable stock to use in your chicken soup this winter.
Try a Lunch Swap
Make a deal with your work best friend to trade leftovers at lunch. That way you can have something different and put leftovers to good use. Plus, having something at lunch you’ve brought from home helps to reduce extra calories that you get when you eat out at lunch. Use leftovers as quickly as possible so they don’t grow unsavory mold or bacteria.
Leftover Vegetables Make Great Desserts
A great way to make sure you eat all your vegetables is to hide them in your dessert! If you have too many fresh veggies such as carrots, sweet potatoes or zucchini, then just sneak them into a loaf of bread or a cake – even bread pudding! You can also slice them thin and eat them as a snack when you’re hungry over the next few days.
Every Leftover Has a Purpose
You can use every single piece of food you prepare; you just have to use a little imagination. Those lemon peels make a great zest! Bones from chicken or steak are great when made into bone broth. The ends of beets or orange peels can be used to dye textiles in your home or even made into ingredients for a facial.
If you have a juicer on hand, then use the scraps of your veggies and fruits to make juice. There are all kinds of recipes available for juices made from all sorts of ingredients, so put your scraps or nearly expired fruits and vegetables to good use by juicing them!