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
Food Expiration Dates 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 Full Circle, and we started looking for simple ways to make an impact. We have tons of great recipes on our website that can be adapted for leftovers. Check out our online recipe collection to find recipes that are perfect for day old bread, day-after-the-celebration-dinner leftovers and other odds and ends of produce.
Do you have ways you love to use up food in your kitchen? Share your ideas in the comments and let’s reduce food waste together.