1.3 Billion tons of food is wasted worldwide with most of it purposely spoiled by grocery stores or food service outlets. In Canada, according to a study commissioned by KitchenAid, that amounts to a $40.28 household loss each and every week.
There a few things you can do at home to save money on food and keep food from the dump:
There really isn't anything you can do with it once it gets to the wilty, smelly point but you can prolong its life. Just slip a piece of paper towel in with the lettuce to help absorb the moisture and keep for a couple extra days. Each time you open the box, wipe the condensation from the lid and replace the paper.
The skins of red grapes contain the very same resveratrol that is so good for you in your red wine. When they start to lose their plumpness, throw them in the freezer. They are great tossed in smoothies or can be a stunning ice cube alternative.
The top 3 discarded vegetable scraps are onion skins, celery and carrot ends. All are loaded with nutrients, especially onion skins which contain a critical anti-aging nutrient called quercetin. Store them in a freezer bag until it is full and then simmer into a nourishing vegetable broth.
I never throw away chicken bones, because there are nutrients and flavour in there! Even the ones on my family’s plate get tossed into a broth because I know that any bacteria will be boiled away.
You know you can peel these and chop into salads, right? But if you really love your dog, toss them into the freezer and give it to them on a hot afternoon as a treat.
Too hard to grate but great nonetheless! Chop into small cubes and bake at 425F for 5-10 minutes to turn into crisp croutons.
Not only is hunger a crying shame, frugal is the new black.
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Theresa Albert is an on-camera food and health expert, nutritionist and writer who loves to spread the word on food. She is a Food Communications Specialist and Toronto Personal Nutritionist. Tweet with her at @theresaalbert & find her daily at www.myfriendinfood.com