Tips for Reducing Food Waste
What’s one of the hottest food topics of 2015? Food waste. In fact, all across the country people are beginning to realize what a huge problem food waste really is. Dan Barber of New York City’s Blue Hill kicked things off earlier this year with wastED, his pop-up restaurant that sought to create beautiful meals from food that most would deem compost-bin worthy. John Oliver picked-up the torch on a Last Week Tonight segment on food waste in America. And even Epicurious–the notoriously high-brow foodie publisher–brought it back to deliciousness with a round up of recipes and food waste prevention tips from City Harvest’s cookbook.
Local Food Waste
According to King County in Washington State, the average American household wastes about 25% of the food it purchases–the majority of which is produce–adding up to more than $1,600 per family each year. King County’s Food: Too Good to Waste program has created a handy and helpful fruit and vegetable storage guide with suggestions for storing food at home to preserve freshness. It also includes tips on understanding what Sell By and Best By dates mean in the context of food safety.
Full Circle Wants to Help
All this talk about food waste instigated a big discussion here at the Full Circle headquarters and we started looking for simple ways that we can make an impact. One of the things we discovered is that we have tons of great recipes (right here on this blog!) that can be adapted to use leftovers that are rolling around in the fridge and cupboard at the end of the week.
Check out more of the Good Food Life to find recipes that are perfect for stale bread, day-after-the-celebration-dinner leftovers and other odds and ends of produce. To reduce your food waste, consider:
- Adding cubes or torn pieces of bread to soup (try White Bean, Lamb, and Radicchio Soup or Ribolitta)
- Roasting assorted vegetables for a grain salad
- Cooking ripe fruit to make a compote or chutney
- Chopping left over roasts for tostadas, burritos, or quesadillas
Do you have ways you love to use up food in your kitchen? Share your ideas in the comments and lets reduce food waste together.