I don’t know about you, but it sure is disgusting and wasteful how much food we throw out! Here are some great tips to help reduce that waste!
Create a Fridge Triage Box to Save a Ton of Wasted Food Every Month
The average American family of four throws out an estimated $130 to $175 in uneaten or spoiled food every month. Want to save more money and be less wasteful? Perhaps you just need an “eat me first box” in your fridge.
As Yuka at the Clossette blog writes, a fridge triage box is a behavior modification system (really, just a bright green shoebox with a sign on it) that puts in plain sight and gathers in one place the foods you should reach for first. There are also other benefits:
It’s actually kind of fun trying to come up with a recipe that combines as many of the ingredients in there as possible too. … The box also helps curb the issue of buying an extra carton of milk when you already had one that was just hidden behind other stuff and it keeps my fridge looking tidy too.
For foods that would be good to go in your triage box, consider your habits (you know what you toss out the most) and this chart from the USDA (via Grist) of foods most often wasted:
I’m trying to cut down on my food waste too. If you have other tips for conserving food and wasting less, let’s hear them in the comments.