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Tip of the Week



With the holiday food season fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about reducing our food waste.



The USDA estimates that almost 30 percent of the available U.S. food supply was lost from human consumption at the retail and consumer levels in 2010. Because of that staggering statistic, the federal agency is leading a U.S. Food Waste Challenge to offer information on reducing, recovering and recycling food waste.



Although consumers can’t officially take part in the challenge — it’s intended for processors, manufacturers, retailers and others — here’s how we can do our part at home, courtesy of the EPA:



• Shop your refrigerator first. This seems simple, but is a difficult task when faced with goodies at the grocery store or cravings for a specific meal. Cook or eat what you already have at home before buying more.



• Plan your menu. Buy only the things you plan for, and this keeps both food waste at bay and your budget (and waistline) trimmer.



• Buy in bulk. This is tricky, as buying perishables in bulk could lead to food waste. However, this process saves money as long as you are able to use the food before it spoils. The freezer is your friend — and you always can share food with friends and split the cost, too.



• Be creative. Use the edible parts of food that you don’t normally eat, such as stale bread for croutons or chicken bones for making stock.



• Preserve. You can freeze, preserve or can all those fresh fruits and vegetables that typically go to waste first. Love a seasonal item? Preserve it now so you can continue to enjoy throughout the winter.



• Be mindful. When eating out, order only what you can finish, such as a half portion or by sharing a meal. Take home and eat leftovers the next day. At all-you-can eat buffets, fill a smaller plate first and cut yourself off before you feel full.



For how to safely store food and other tips, visit usda.gov.



— Amber Krosel, More Content Now

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