My grandmother used the old adage “waste not want not” for good reason. She was a woman who lived during the Great Depression, she grew our family’s food most of her life. Planting, nurturing, harvesting and preserving food was her life—and she didn’t intend to waste any of it!
In the US, we throw away 30-40 percent of our food supply. That’s 219 pounds per person and $1600 per family each year.
Wholesome food that could feed families in need is sent to landfills. Food is the single largest component taking up space inside US landfills.
If that isn’t enough to motivate you, think about the land, water, labor, energy and other inputs used in producing, processing, transporting, preparing, storing, and disposing of discarded food.
For me, you and I, it may be about saving money. For others, it’s about contributing to the environment and doing your part to save the planet.
Whatever your reason is to reduce your food waste, I’m going to give you some hints from my pantry and Granny. Continue reading “Waste Not Want Not: Granny’s Tips on Reducing Food Waste”