We can all make a difference in the war against waste. According to a study by ECOlunchbox, the typical family wastes about $450 on throw-aways and creates thousands of pieces of garbage — just a lunchtime – every year! That’s crazy . . .
Here are some ways that I try to reduce food waste in my house:
- make bread crumbs or croutons out of old, stale bread (if moldy, cut off areas)
- turn aging fruit in smoothies
- saute shriveling mushrooms with garlic and onions
- puree softening tomatoes into tomato sauce
- put peels of bananas, oranges and kiwi in the ground as a fertilizer
- don’t throw out eggs just because they are past their expiration date; they can last up to 3 – 4 weeks longer. (Try the sink or float test: if an egg sinks it’s still good to eat; floaters are not still good as gases are building up inside the egg).
- infuse water with overripe fruit or aging herbs or spices. From watermelon to cucumbers to lemons to oranges; simply cut them up and squeeze or toss in with rind to flavor your sparkling or still water.
The best part is: you can throw whatever you want in; it doesn’t have to look pretty to taste great. You can eat the fruit and veggies after you enjoy the flavored drink, too.
Try my summer spritzer for every day. #hydratewell #simplecravingrealfood Click To Tweet
Strawberry Mint Lemon Cucumber Spritzer
2 – 3 mini cucumber slices, unpeeled
1 large lemon wedge, unpeeled
1 strawberry, quartered
1 – 2 fresh mint leaves
8 ounces sparkling water
Toss all ingredients into a large glass or mason jar. Add water, gently stir, sip and enjoy!