About 40 percent of all food in the U.S. does not get eaten and the average household of four spends about $120 per month on food that’s never eaten according to Dana Gunders, a scientist working with the Natural Resources Defense Council and author of the “Waste Free Kitchen Handbook.”
Gunders discovered this while doing agriculture research and included her findings in a report. According to her report, which you can read online for free, some of the main reasons for food waste are due to consumer behavior such as:
- confusion over label dates which can lead to food being thrown out before it is spoiled
- food spoilage due to improper storage
- poor planning when shopping and making meals.
Here are some tips on how to save money and stop wasting food:
- shop from a list and pre-plan your meals through the week
- make only enough food that you will know you will eat.
- Learn how to store food properly in order to make it last. For example, on her website, Gunders suggest using wax paper to wrap cheese in, allowing it to breath.
- research meals on how to use leftovers
- revive wilted greens by soaking them in a bowl of ice water
- have some left over veggies? Chop them up and store them in the freezer to add to soup and stir frys.
- Milk gone sour? Use it for cooking in pancake and biscuit batter.
Find more tips at “Don’t Toss That Sour Milk! And Other Tips To Cut Kitchen Food Waste”