According to the National Resources Defense Council, the average American family of four throws out $1,500 worth of food per year.
When eating fresh, local foods it’s important to be aware of food waste. Whether you tend to find mold on your leftovers before you get around to eating them, or only ever manage to eat two carrots before tossing the rest of the bag, we’ve got some solid advice to help stay organized, on budget, and eating the freshest foods!
1. Keep a list of what’s in your pantry – this prevents overbuying and keeps ingredients in the forefront of your mind.
2. Group ingredients together by use – this can help you imagine dishes to better utilize produce before it goes bad.
3. Keep oils and spices away from light and heat – this spoils them faster.
4. Put leftovers and prepped meals at eye level in the fridge.
5. Freeze items that are about to go bad, or you know will take longer to use.
Eating healthy is a sustainable practice, but it does take some trial and error to see what methods work best for you. By avoiding food waste, you enable healthier eating, keep it affordable, and streamline healthier habits in your day-to-day life.
Contact our office for more guidance on healthy nutrition practices!