Preventing Food Waste


Today I had the pleasure of speaking to “The Healthy Beauty Show” on 1380 The Woman about ways to prevent food waste. This is a subject I’m not proud to say I have experience with, but years of overenthusiastic farmers’ market and foraging trips have taught me a thing or two about being more conscientious. Preventing food waste shouldn’t be about feeling guilty, but rather working towards more mindful eating practices. We can all take steps every day and continually work towards getting better.

If you’re looking for tips, I’ve written about food waste quite a bit over at The Kitchn:
6 Habits to Prevent Food Waste
Conscientious Cook: Mindfulness about Waste
Tip: Save Vegetable Scraps for Stock
5 Ways to Use Dried Citrus Peels
American Wasteland by Jonathan Bloom (fantastic book!)

Also, here are some of my favorite resources on the topic:
Wasted Food
Love Food Hate Waste
Still Tasty

I’d love it if you shared your own tips in the comments here, too!


5 Responses to "Preventing Food Waste"

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  1. Rhonda

    June 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Emily. I’ve found that having a smallish (by American standards) , counter-depth refrigerator is truly helpful when it comes to combatting food waste. Instead of items being pushed to the back of a deep shelf or drawer and expiring there, the well-lit and shallower storage allow for better sight lines and far less “forgotten food” waste. Works well for our family of 3.

    • Emily

      June 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      This is a great tip, Rhonda! Simply knowing what’s in our refrigerators can make a big difference. :)

  2. Milisa

    July 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas! I always get overzealous at the farmer’s market. To keep from overbuying, I’ll make a list of veggies and herbs I’ve got growing on my patio garden or already in the fridge, and supplement with goodies from my local market. I usually end up making my recipe list for the week while walking the market….Leftover herbs & greens can also make a beautifully simple floral arrangement, especially if unannounced guests show up.
    Love your tip about saving veggies for stock – that’s a keeper!

    • Emily

      July 23, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      Love your tip about making floral arrangements!

  3. Lex

    November 5, 2013 at 10:54 am

    At least food can be composted. If you are growing your own veggies, it doesn’t matter that much if you waste some because they go right back in the soil. I am much more concerned about evil plastic ;)


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