How Much Food Do You Waste?

UK consumers throw away 6.7 million tonnes of food each year – that’s about 1/3 of the fresh food bought in British supermarkets each year.

Yikes, that’s a food fact that I found hard to believe until I waded through the detritus of my own fridge yesterday and had to cast aside green beans, mushrooms and even some moldy peppers that we bought weeks ago and still hadn’t used.

I don’t know about you guys but I’m a little liberal when it comes to past-by dates on vegetables – how bad can three day-old green beans be after all? Especially when they’ve been flown in from Peru in the first place (and yes I realize this is also a problem). But I draw the line at 10 days…or when there is too much mold to cut away!

It’s good then to discover a new website called Love Food Hate Waste dedicated to raising awareness about undue waste and with leftover recipes to boot!

Mushy banana pancakes anyone?

- Matthew

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2 Responses to How Much Food Do You Waste?

  1. Jean says:

    Don’t be shy about using the freezer! I know this isn’t what gastro/gourmands want to hear, but frankly, I prefer to freeze than to waste. If I see baby carrots nearing the expiration date, I throw them into the freezer, and then steam or boil, puree, and toss into the marinara, or carrot muffins. So many fresh foods hold perfectly well in the freezer (bananas, blueberries, carrots, sweet potatoes, diced bell pepper, etc. etc.)

  2. Jeff says:

    Wow, nice website and a great idea. Thanks for passing along the link – this will come in handy as I try to figure out what to do with all those bits and pieces of leftovers and unused foods.
    I cannot even fathom the amount of food wasted by Americans each year…considering we waste so much of everything else…like the sympathy of the international community after 9/11 (but that is another story).

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