Time for spring cleaning or what I call clean out the junk time of year. And that goes for the food in my kitchen. I need to make a better effort to use the food I have on hand before I set out to stock up on more.
I must not be alone. According to a report by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about 40 percent of all edible food produced in America goes uneaten, often because we hang on to it too long. And before we blame it on restaurants and grocery stores, a big part of good food that gets tossed happens at home. In fact, experts estimate that the average family of four throws away approximately $1,484 worth of food and beverages each year.
And sometimes we throw out perfectly good food too soon because we are confused about what the dates on food labels really mean. This can cause us to waste billions of pounds of food every year, says Bob Brackett, Director of the Institute for Food Safety and Health at the Illinois Institute of Technology.