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Monday, 31 August 2015

I'm talking about the amount of FOOD we Americans actually throw away each year!  I've talked about it before but if you knew how much food we simply toss out here in the U.S., I'm sure you'd agree with me.  It really is a crime!  Get this.  According to a recent report, American households discard at least $640 worth of food each year.  Keep in mind, I'm talking per household.  That translates into billions of dollars in good food tossed into the garbage from  every house in America, every year.  Hey, like it said, it's downright criminal.  Especially when you take into account the millions of adults and children who don't get enough to eat each year.  A lot of that food ends up getting thrown away thanks in large part to spoilage that could have been prevented.  To help you keep some of your own foods longer, here're a few tips that can help.

Store apples in the bottom drawer of your refrigerator.
Refrigerate your apples.  Did you know they last ten times as long if they're kept in the coolest part of your fridge?  To help them last longer, keep them in the bottom drawer of your refrigerator.  That means you can have a good for you, and the teacher, apple a day...for a lot more days!
Bought any fresh berries lately?  Well, before you store your berries, wash them in some vinegar.  Not full-strength vinegar though, use a vinegar-water mix of roughly 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water.  This will extend the shelf-life of your berries by several days.
Hey, don't toss out that cheese just yet!  On hard cheeses like parmesan and cheddar, mold grows only on the surface.  Cutting off the mold and eating the rest of the cheese is usually very safe.
Store those eggs in the back of your refrigerator.
Eggs have gotten especially expensive these days.  (Have you noticed?)  But there's a way to extend their shelf-life.  Store your eggs in the back of the refrigerator, instead of in those shelves built especially for them in the door.  Storing them in the back of the fridge will help raw eggs keep for up to five weeks.
And as I've advised you for years now, understand those expiration dates on the foods you buy.  They're dates by which the food is no longer considered fresh by the manufacturer.  They are not the days by which a food is no longer considered safe to eat.  In  most cases, there's some wiggle room for refrigerated foods and their expiration dates.  Just do the smell test to be sure.
Stop wasting food, America!
Stop wasting food, America!  And with the money you save, how's about making a small contribution or buy some canned goods with those financial savings and make a donation to a local food bank?  There are people less fortunate than you who don't have the luxury of tossing out good food, before its time!