Last week we talked a little about how much food is wasted in the world and more specifically in the US, that post here. In September 2015 THIS press release the United State Department of Agriculture reported "an average family of four leaves more than two million calories, worth nearly $1500, uneaten each year.” Since there are two of us in our house we statistically waste $750 of food a year! What would you do with an extra $750?
My goal for February is to eliminate food waste at my house. During the first week we had some wins, and some losses.
1. These Bell and Jalapeno peppers and their brethren started to go bad on me so I turned them into a quiche using flour tortillas as a crust. A double win because the tortillas have been in the fridge for a while too!
2. I tried some new greek yogurt this week that I ended up not enjoying by itself. There is only one left as of today because I have been putting them into my morning smoothie!
3. Finished all of the milk the day of its expiration date!
1. I made a salad Wednesday night and forgot to put the leftovers in the refrigerator. They sat out on the counter all night and had to be thrown away.
Overall I am very happy with how the first week turned out. I did not meet my goal of eliminating completely but I am becoming more mindful of food “on the edge” and how we can use it up. For this week I am going to focus on reducing mindless trips to the grocery store (aka don’t buy a ton of something because it’s on sale) and put items with more pressing expiration dates at the front of the refrigerator.
What methods are you using to eliminate waste?