Happy Earth Day! Taking care of our planet is important now more than ever. Our habits around food play a big part in our impact on the environment. For example, did you know that $162 billion dollars worth of food is wasted every year in the United States?! We could learn a few things from our buddies over in France.
Taking steps to ensure we’re using everything we take from the earth is a great way to honor the planet this Earth Day. Bonus: you’re not only reducing your food waste, but you’re also saving money while you’re at it! Here are a few places to start:
Eating produce that’s in season in your area is good for the environment because you’re not buying things that have had to travel hundreds of miles to get to your table. You might not be used to cooking with seasonal fruits and veggies because they look different than what you’re used to, but don’t let that stop you! Check out our tips on cooking with ugly fruits and veggies.
Are you using all the food you buy to its full potential? Ensure you’re not letting anything go to waste with our tips for how to use your kitchen scraps.
Peels, rinds, skins… do you usually throw them in the trash? You could be missing out on some tasty treats while lessening the load on your compost heap! Check out our guide to uses for food skins, peels and rinds.
Extending the life of food
Are you throwing food away because you think it might have gone bad but you’re not sure? Expiry dates might not be telling the whole truth. Make sure you’re not throwing anything away before it actually expires with our crash course on food expiration dates.
Freezing your food is just like pressing nature’s pause button, helping to preserve the optimal nutrition and flavor of the freshest produce. That being said, there are steps you can take to ensure you’re freezing our food at the best possible time and in the best possible way to enjoy these benefits. Need guidance? Check out our rundown of how to freeze food.
Not sure how long things last in the old icebox? We’ve got you covered!
Many people freeze their food in plastic containers, but reducing our reliance on plastics is also important for preserving our planet. Here’s how you can freeze your food without plastic.
What do vegetarian zombies eat? GRAAAIIINS! You can help prevent a premature zombie apocalypse by freezing your grains for convenience and optimal preservation! Here’s how to freeze grains.
Are you already at expert level when it comes to reducing your food waste? Then you might like to take a peek at our freezer tricks you need to try.
Or… maybe you’re not a pro yet and you’re still making common mistakes that could be reversing your good intentions. Don’t let it happen to you! Check out these common frozen food mistakes.
Follow this Ultimate Earth Day Food Guide and you’re well on your way to reducing your food waste and making the most of the earth’s beautiful bounty.
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