$165 billion dollars per year.
35 million tons of food.
Do we really waste that much when we throw away food? Yes, according to CNBC: they state that these numbers work out to up to $2,200 in wasted food per family per year (you can read the full article here).
That’s a lot of money. But there’s a way to reduce that number.
My biggest problem when knowing whether or not to toss something was how long it’s been sitting opened in the fridge. Has it been a few days? A week? A month? It used to be that the majority of the time I just didn’t remember, so I followed the “better safe than sorry” route and threw it away.
Until I came up with the “dot” method for my fridge items.
Now when opening a perishable item for the first time, I have a package of neon dot stickers and a pen in a kitchen drawer nearby and I write the month/day on a dot and stick it on the item before putting it back in the fridge. Why the dots? Pencil/pen ink doesn’t stick to waxy or plastic cartons, and the bright dots show up easily.
Later, when looking for what I need to use up, or when cleaning out the fridge, I know exactly when something was opened, and whether I need to eat it soon, or still have a bit more time. The dots are easy to find in the office supply section of stores and will only cost you $2-3 dollars.
Once the dot method is a habit, you won’t be tossing open food just because you have no idea how old it is!
(Another great way to avoid tossing out food is to make the “I Don’t Know, What Do You Want For Dinner?” meal in Edibles!)
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