5 Ways To Reduce Food Waste #SAVEITSUNDAY

As I’ve mentioned in each of my #SAVEITSUNDAY posts, we Americans waste a lot of our food: this food waste has devastating consequences to our environment and our wallets. In past posts I have mainly focused on ways to store your food at home so you can waste less (Glad’s Protection Pointers have been very helpful to me), but today I want to do something a little different. I want to talk about 5 ways you can reduce food waste before you even bring your food home.

5 ways to reduce your food waste | healthy green kitchen

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Fresh Vegetable Juice #SAVEITSUNDAY

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Glad in conjunction with their #SAVEITSUNDAY program. With #SAVEITSUNDAY, Glad hopes to educate the public about the consequences of food waste, and I am proud they’ve asked me to be a part of the program. I am being compensated to share my #SAVEITSUNDAY experiences; all opinions are 100% my own.

I am a really big fan of fresh juice. I don’t drink it every day or anything (nor do I engage in juice fasting), but I’m always happy when I do get the juicer out to make a nourishing drink. I enjoy all sorts of fruit and vegetable combinations (depending on what I happen to have in the refrigerator): I even included a chapter on fresh juice in my book.

Carrots and beets are both root vegetables and they are both quite sturdy (meaning: they keep extremely well). It is because of this sturdiness that I wanted to highlight them this month, since my #SAVEITSUNDAY posts are all about being mindful of “loving food more to waste it less”.

Carrots and beets can last for up to a month if you store them correctly: it’s best to keep them unpeeled (remove the tops if they are part of a bunch) in the refrigerator. The folks at Glad recommend placing the unpeeled carrots and/or beets in a large plastic bag (such as a zipper quart or gallon-size bag) and squeezing as much air as possible out of the bag when sealing. They’ll then do best in the crisper drawer. (To learn more about the best ways to prepare and store your produce, please visit Glad’s Food Storage Protection Pointers.)

carrot, beet, apple juice | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

It’s Valentine’s Day…why not make fresh vegetable juice for yourself or someone you love? Not just today, but any day? It’s an excellent way to bump up the amount of raw foods in your diet and each glass is extremely nutrient dense. Plus, this juice has such a lovely hue thanks to the inclusion of beet.

What about all the pulp, though…the fibrous by-product of juicing? We don’t want to waste that, right? Well, The Kitchn’s got you covered with 7 ideas for its use, Vegetarian Times has 20 suggestions for using pulp, and here’s a whole Pinterest board dedicated to not wasting the pulp when you juice.

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Pomegranate, Green Olive and Cilantro Relish + How to Keep Herbs Fresh

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Glad in conjunction with their #SAVEITSUNDAY program. With #SAVEITSUNDAY, Glad hopes to educate the public about the consequences of food waste, and I am proud they’ve asked me to be a part of the program. I am being compensated to share my #SAVEITSUNDAY experiences; all opinions are 100% my own.

Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs. I grow my own when the weather is cooperative, but this time of year, I rely on the supermarket for my cilantro stash. Cilantro often comes in such big bunches that I am always disappointed when it tends to wilt long before I get around to using it all. I frequently look for new ways to incorporate cilantro into my meals, but I’ve also long wondered if there was a better way I could be storing it to keep it fresh for longer.

I found a recipe for an Olive, Pomegranate, and Walnut Relish featuring parsley in Alice Water’s new book: The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden. I mentioned this book in a previous post…it’s truly fabulous. Anyway, I swapped out the parsley for cilantro in this recipe and it’s so good!

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I like to eat it on snappy rice crackers with sharp cheddar cheese. It’s also great as an accompaniment to roasted meats…I plan to serve it along with this cranberry sauce on my Thanksgiving table this year.

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(How cool is the upcycled bottle holding the crackers?! My friend Jocelyn is an eco-artist and she sells them in her etsy shop!)

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Let’s Waste Less Food (#SAVEITSUNDAY)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Glad in conjunction with their #SAVEITSUNDAY program. With #SAVEITSUNDAY, Glad hopes to educate the public about the consequences of food waste, and I am proud they’ve asked me to be a part of the program. I am being compensated to share my #SAVEITSUNDAY experiences; all opinions are 100% my own.

Food waste is a huge issue around the world: here in the US, the average family throws away at least 25% of the food and beverages they buy each year. Food waste has potentially devastating environmental consequences: food represents the single largest component of municipal solid waste reaching landfills. Food waste eventually converts to methane, a greenhouse gas implicated in global warming.

Food waste also means many of us are basically throwing away an awful lot of money. The annual cost of food waste in America is in the billions! On average, families in this country are tossing 200 pounds of food in the trash and saying “bye bye” to $1,500 per year because they don’t use everything they purchase.

Glad wants to help us get a handle on our food waste. By showing us how to change habits, such as the ways in which we wrap and store our food, the things we buy may last significantly longer and we will waste less. This will allow us to help preserve the environment AND save our hard-earned cash.

I readily admit that I am no “pro” when it comes to addressing food waste (my fellow #SAVEITSUNDAY bloggers, Kristin and Mavis, know far more about this topic because they blog about it more regularly). In fact, I’ve always sort of relied on composting as a way to feel okay about some of the things I buy that don’t get used. Plus I have chickens, so they get plenty of stuff, too (here they are eating some organic baby greens that were past their prime).

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But composting and having chickens shouldn’t be an excuse for being lazy…for me not storing my food as best as I can. So I took the #SAVEITSUNDAY Pledge so I can learn how to do better in the food storage department.

My partnership with Glad means I’ll be posting monthly about my efforts to cut down on food waste in my home. This month, I’ve been focusing on bringing a recipe-driven shopping list with me every time I go to the store. When I have this type of shopping list, I am more likely to avoid buying things I won’t use. I’ve also been trying to shop every Sunday morning and I’ve been putting Glad’s food protection suggestions to use as soon as I get my food home. When you prep and protect your food as soon as you get home, it keeps fresher for longer.

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