Avoid Food Waste, Save Money

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With the COVID-19 pandemic closing many of the places we are accustomed to getting our meals, home cooking is having an unexpected moment. More home cooking means more opportunities to reduce food waste — and save money at the same time. According to the USDA, the average American wastes 238 pounds of food per year — 21 percent of the food we buy — costing $1,800 per year. That’s a lot of cheddar! The good news is that most food waste is avoidable. Plus, many food scraps, like carrot tops or vegetable ends, can be saved and used further to make food like carrot top pesto or vegetable broth.

Check out this video for some tips on how to use all your food, and use it well.

A couple easy tips to use it all and use it well:

1. Make a list of groceries in order of which will go bad first so you make sure to eat them in time.

2. Learn storage tips to keep your food stay fresh longer at
https://savethefood.com/storage

3. Use your freezer to save it for later

4. Get creative with your leftovers (like making carrot top pesto or vegetable broth!)

5. Compost anything inedible at the compost drop-off behind Town Hall