Simple Acts To Help Americans Stop Wasting $161 Billion in Food a Year

by Myla Cruz
Whether it’s the value of tightening spending, or sharing leftovers with those in need, there are clear personal and spiritual benefits to avoiding food waste.
Last week, the Italian Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve a list of laws that would provide incentives to encourage businesses, shops and restaurants to donate their unused food to charities and nonprofits. This is the second such law in Europe regarding the prevention of food waste.
Since Americans waste $161 Billion worth of food a year, which  equates to roughly 30 percent of the food purchased in households across the country, we’re poised to learn a thing or two.
Read on for simple tips and tricks to prevent food waste and get the most bang for your bucks:
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  • Keep a running list of meals and ingredients that your household always enjoys. This way, you can easily have a go-to list of regular foods and products that are priority foods.
  • Look in your refrigerator and cupboards before shopping to avoid buying food you already have.
  • Beware the guise of the bulk buy! Buy only what you need and will use. Also, keep in mind buying in bulk will only save you money with non-perishables and big parties.
  • Find out whether each fruit and vegetable you’re purchasing stays fresher longer inside or outside the refrigerator.
  • Freeze or further preserve surplus fruits, vegetables, breads and meats.
  • Many fruits give off natural gases while ripening that cause other nearby produce to spoil faster. Store bananas, apples, and tomatoes by themselves and store fruits and vegetables in different compartments.
  • Shop your own refrigerator before you hit the store! Cook or eat what you already have at home before buying more.
  • Have produce that’s heading towards its expiration? It may be perfectly fine for using in a cooked meal. Think soups, casseroles, frittatas, stir fries, sauces, baked goods, and pancakes. 
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Watch on Z Living: Family Food Challenge, Tune in weekly to watch as celebrity chefs help families let go of their unhealthy eating habits and teach them new cooking techniques to make foods that are quick, healthy and tasty. Catch new episodes every Monday at 7pm.
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