Some Restaurants, Grocers in NYC Will Soon be Required to Compost
Would you like to earn an extra $1,500 a year?
Here’s how: waste less food.
The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that the average four-person family in the United States tosses that much into the garbage annually by throwing out food.
Here are some tips for using up edibles.
Make a Meal Plan
There are lots of apps that make it easy to plan out fast, tasty, and healthy meals for the week. Many of them also arm you with a grocery list so you know exactly what to buy at the store and you don’t buy extra that will go to waste.
Use Perishables First
If you shop once a week, plan your meals so you use up tender greens and ripe fruits first.
Store Leftovers Properly
Stackable, clear glass containers make it easy to see what needs using up. Give them a place at the front of the fridge so you won’t forget about them.
Keep Fresh Herbs Longer
Fresh herbs like parsley and basil will stay good for a couple weeks in a jar of water on the counter (just be sure to change it every few of days). Cilantro can also be put in water but does better in the refrigerator, and dill can be put in the freezer.
Don’t Be Afraid of Some Bruises and Even Mold
You can cut bad spots out of most fruits and make them into smoothies or cook them down into fruit puree. You need to be a bit more cautious with mold, but you can usually cut it off of hard cheeses, vegetables, and even hard meats like salami.
And if you have food that isn’t salvageable, you can always compost it.
Starting in August, some restaurants and grocery stores in New York City will be required to compost their leftovers, with enforcement of the new rule starting in February 2019.
Check out more food saving strategies savethefood.com.