Just the other day I did something I’m so ashamed of – I had to toss what had been perfectly good food, now spoiled, straight into the trash. This isn’t a frequent occurrence, of course, but it happens with more regularity in my house than I’d like to admit.
I’ve thought hard about how to avoid this unconscionable waste, and I realize it happens most often when my family’s plans suddenly change – e.g., I have a menu planned (and shopped for) for the week and then for some reason we can’t eat dinner at home one night, and the produce designated for that meal languishes in the crisper drawer until it’s too late for me to do something with it. And then there are the inevitable little scraps here and there that I know I ought to do something with but sometimes lack the time or imagination to tackle.
Of course, though, much this waste could be avoided if I just put my mind to it. That’s why I was so glad to come across this recent post by The Jolly Tomato, in which blogger Jeanne Fratello offers some shocking statistics on food waste in America and steps we can all take to avoid it. I’m going to try to take her challenge and see if I can cut my own family’s food waste back by 10% in the coming days.
And, by the way, Jeanne has signed on as the “dessert blogger” for the virtual Food Day progressive dinner party hosted next week by The Lunch Tray, Red, Round, or Green and Eat Dinner.org. Can’t wait!
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