Americans waste nearly 40% of the food they buy, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Is this correct in your household? If you notice that many products, meat and even dry goods end up in your waste, this may be the right time to change something. Consider investing in these products that help you use more of the groceries you purchase and reduce what you put in landfills. Grab a few of these items to solve your food waste problem and you can even gain some new habits and hobbies along the way.
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Are you too ambitious about fruit and vegetables? You may be buying fresh food because you are planningbut you do not always get into that fridge drawer full of products before that food starts to get bad. A great way to tackle this problem is to buy a juicer.
If space is a problem, something like this silent and powerful Hurom juice extractor takes up a smaller footprint than most. With a high-quality juicer, everything from apples to zucchini can be stored before they turn brown and wilt. Throw in all those overripe fruits (first remove the really bad parts), or turn a large, discouraging bunch of leafy vegetables into just a little bit of powerful, green juice – perfect for those pears that you have forgotten or that bag of kale that you have no energy for to cook. Mix with your milk or alt milk of your choice (almond and coconut are nice options) or balance with other milder juices such as cucumber, celery or apples.
A compost bin
For some, a juicer is the gateway to composting. With all that dried out vitamin-stripped leftover pulp, it's hard not to notice how much food you're throwing away. Even if you don't make juice, you probably throw onion skins, carrot tops, herb stalks, eggshells and more into the waste of daily cooking. If you want to reduce your impact on landfills, a compost bin is the right choice. Of course this is only possible if you have some outside space to work with or if you are lucky enough to live in a city like San Francisco, where composting is possible.
Investing for people with a garden in a large, simple compost bin or a space-saving rotary tumbler bin will get you started with returning your food scraps from where they came from, creating nutrient-rich soil. View the Chowhound Composting Manual for tips on what to do and what not to do in your trash. Whether you make it yourself or pick up your compost, you can freeze your food scraps until you take them out, or you can really make sense with nice counter tops like this or this. Or become cute with a little green sprout on top. Practically and a great topic of conversation to bring your environmental agenda to friends and family.
A vacuum sealer
If your biggest problem is that you want to use so meat and products in meals , but you can never get to work before it all goes bad, a vacuum sealer may be your new best friend.
The NutriChef Vacuum sealer, for example, comes with a starter stock of vacuum bags and offers variable settings to tackle food wastage in different ways. The most obvious use of a vacuum sealer is to remove oxygen from food – this slows the growth of fungi and bacteria, extending the life of your groceries. Another way in which a vacuum sealer can help to reduce waste is by making better meal preparation possible. With the vacuum bags you can pack more individually sealed meals in the freezer than with clumsy containers, making it easier to handle that large bag of vegetables or the meat you buy in bulk (for example Costco steak). Cook everything in one fell swoop and store it with those space-saving food-saving bags.
Canning and fermentation kits
Perhaps you are the type that likes vinyl records, hand-brewedand homemade gifts. You want to extend the life of your food, but a vacuum sealer seems to be high-tech. The solution could be a new hobby that is rooted in earlier times: preserves.
Buy this canning package from Granite Ware and you have almost everything you need to participate in this historic preservation process. (Canning at home usually uses pots, so you must purchase them separately.) This kit uses a water bath to heat the contents of the pot, kill bacteria and create a vacuum seal to keep air out. Make preserves, salsa & # 39; s and more with your excess fruits and vegetables and save them all without taking up valuable fridge space.
If you like spicy flavors from living cultures, you can use the above kit for fermenting food, but you have a simpler time with this Easy Fermenter Kit. Make fermented pickles, kimchi or other foods with a lot of probiotics with this kit, which has special lids that release fermentation gases from pots. With a standard canning package, you should & # 39; farmers & # 39; to prevent gas from accumulating – otherwise you run the risk of an exploding pot situation! With both packages you can preserve fruit and vegetables before they become bad in a deliciously folk-like way and you could simply become the person who always has a gift of pickles or preserves ready for birthdays or holidays.
Food storage boxes
You may not want any new gadgets or hobbies – you just need some help to store and use your groceries more effectively. For these situations, a new set of storage containers may be all you need.
Ideal for dry goods, this Royal Air-Tight food container set helps you keep grains, snacks and pasta organized and fresh. By storing food in such packages, you stay away from those controversial conversations about this roommate who has forgotten to use the chip clip, or that family member who thinks rolling the top of the bag is good enough to prevent old grain (yes, right!). And with clear, neat packages, foods remain visible and in mind, making it more likely that you will remember them.
If you have good heavy storage bags at hand, you make more of it to store extra food and food waste than to throw. Smelly Proof bags are washable and reusable and designed to retain even the sharpest odors.
Instead of just telling yourself "to do better" with food waste, you equip yourself with tools that help you fight the good fight. Find out which products work best for you and include them in your organization and food preparation routine – you will find that you throw less food in the garbage and maybe even increase your fruit and vegetable intake.