Americans waste nearly 40% of the food they buy, according to the Defense of Natural Resources Council. Is this true in your household? If you discover that a lot of product, meat and even dry goods end up in your trash, it may be time to make a change. Consider investing in these products, which help you to consume more of the foods you buy and reduce what you deposit in landfills. Collect some of these items to solve your food waste problem, and maybe even get to know some new habits and hobbies.
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Are you too ambitious regarding fruits and vegetables? You may be filling up with fresh foods because you want to eatbut you do not always get to this product-filled refrigerator drawer before these foods get bad. A good way to solve this problem is to get yourself a squeezer.
When space problems occur, this quiet and powerful Hurom juicer needs a smaller footprint than most. With a high-quality juicer everything, from apples to zucchini, can be saved before they turn brown and wither. Throw in all those overripe fruits (remove the really bad parts first) or turn a big, discouraging bunch of leafy vegetables into a bit of strong green juice – perfect for the pears you forgot or for the bag of kale, the You forgot I have no energy to cook. Mix it with your milk or your favorite aged milk (almonds and coconut are good options) or balance it with other milder juices such as cucumbers, celery or apples.
A Compost Bin
For some, a juicer is the gateway appliance for composting. With all the dried-out, vitamin-deflated pulp, it's hard not to notice how much food you throw away. Even if you are not drinking juice, you probably throw onion skins, carrot tops, stalks of herbs, eggshells, and more from your daily cooking in the trash. If you want to reduce the impact on landfills, a compost bin is the way to go. Of course, this is only possible if you have enough outdoor space or are fortunate enough to live in a city like San Francisco where roadside composting is done.
Who has a garden invested In a large, simple compost bin or a space-saving, rotatable mug, you can return your leftovers to create a nutrient-rich soil. Check out the Chowhound composting guide for tips on what to throw in the bin and what not. Whether you make your own or collect your compost, you can either freeze your food leftovers until you take them out, or you can set the scene nicely with pretty toppers like this or that. Or get cute with a little green sprout on top. Practical and a great way to discuss your environmental agenda with friends and family.
A Vacuum Sealer
If your main problem is that you want to use so meat and products in meals, but you can never come to a boil before everything goes bad. A vacuum sealer could be your new best friend.
The NutriChef Vacuum Sealer, for example, is vacuum-packed with a starter supply and offers variable settings that allow you to combat food waste in various ways. The most obvious use of a vacuum sealer is the removal of oxygen from food – this slows down the growth of mold and bacteria and prolongs the life of your food. Another way a vacuum sealer can reduce waste is to make better meal preparation possible. With the vacuum bags you can pack more individually sealed meals in the freezer than with unwieldy containers. This will make it easier to get a grip on the big bag of vegetables or the meat you buy in bulk (eg Costco steak). Cook everything in one go and store it with the space-saving food storage bags.
Kits for Canning and Fermenting
Maybe you are the type who likes records, hand-brewedand homemade gifts. You want to extend the life of your food, but a vacuumer seems too high-tech. The solution could be to launch a new hobby that was rooted in ancient times: the canning of cans.
When you buy this Granite ware-making set, you have almost everything you need to immerse yourself in this historic preservation process. (Conservation at home usually uses glasses, so you'll need to buy them separately.) This kit uses a water bath to heat the contents of the glass, kill bacteria, and create a vacuum seal to keep out air. Make jams, salsas and more from your excess fruits and vegetables and store them without taking up valuable space in the fridge.
If you like spicy aromas from living cultures, you can use the above fermenting food kit, but with this Easy Fermenter Kit, you have an easier time. Make fermented cucumbers, kimchi or other probiotic-packed foods with this kit, which has special lids that let the fermentation gases out of the jars. With a regular canned food kit you would have to "knock open" the glasses to prevent gas from accumulating. Otherwise there is a danger of an exploding situation! With both kits you can store fruits and vegetables before they miraculously spoil, and you can turn yourself into a person who always has the gift of gherkins or jams ready for birthdays or holidays.
Food Storage Container
You may not want new appliances or hobbies – all you need to do is help more effectively to store and use your food. These cases may require only a set of new reservoirs.
This airtight storage container set by Royal is ideal for dry goods and helps you organize and keep cereals, snacks and noodles fresh. Storing food in containers like these will help you stay away from contentious conversations about this roommate who has forgotten to use the chip clip, or about the family member who thinks the pouch lid is good enough to prevent stale grain (Yeah right!). And with clear, tidy containers, food stays visible and in the head, so you're more likely to remember using them.
If you have good, high-performance storage bags on hand, you tend to keep extra food and leftover food rather than discarding it. Stinkproof bags are washable and reusable and designed to keep even the most stinging odors out.
Instead of telling yourself that you should be better at dealing with food waste, equip yourself with tools that will help you to fight the good fight. Find out which products are best for you and integrate them into your organization and into your preparation routine. You throw less food in the trash and may even increase your fruit and vegetable intake.