Running an efficient kitchen to reduce food waste may not be at the top of every busy parent's to-do list. But it should be. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one third of food grown and bought in the United States is wasted and thrown away. In 2012, that waste added up to 35 million tons of food (at a cost of $1.3 billion), a distressing amount considering that one in 6 Americans will struggle to find their next meal.
Reducing food waste not only helps people and the environment, it can save you money too. With a few tips and ideas for shopping, improving kitchen storage and cooking, a little effort can go a long way.
Reducing food waste starts at the grocery store. If you don't buy it, you won't throw it away.
Food Storage Savvy
Prolong your food's life with these easy ideas.
Know Your Expiration Dates
Learn the lingo. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
Use It Up
Sharing Is Caring
If you do find yourself with excess food, toss it in the trash only as the last resort.
How to Get the Most From Your Food
Meat and Seafood
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