Inside someone's refrigerator…
Research says you do. Yearly you trash: Milk & Yogurt: 13%. Grains: 14%. Fruit & Juices: 16%. Vegetables: 25%* Rest: non-perishables. A number one reason is we buy too much – overstock – that means lack of planning. I would add that with good intentions, moms buy fresh vegetables but then do not prepare and serve them bowing down to a number of excuses… time especially. Please pay attention to what you are buying: those who make grocery lists waste less.
It doesn't help that fresh vegetables are off to a bad start thanks to the constant spraying by stores. They are dripping wet when you put them into your cart… a recipe for decay. These need to be wrapped in paper towels for moisture absorption while being refrigerated. Then washed and dried before use. I know, it takes time. To avoid this issue, I reach for those stacked in the back, buy from Fresh Product Markets and try to grow some of my own. If you see some vegetables on the verge of going bad, throw them in the freezer for later use in omeletes, casseroles, sauteed dishes, and soups.
Another thought: weekly, check those back corners of all the shelves in your refrigerator. That's where the forgotten gets shoved and stays awhile. I am often surprised at what I find in these darker places. Wish they would invent rotating shelves… !
They say that only 12% of contents in refrigerator-freezers are leftovers*… that's really low. Does this mean you are throwing out too much, or, your family is eating all the food your prepare for them? I'll bet some of these leftovers are "doggy bags." Even in this economy, "spending on restaurants and take-out meats still makes up about half of food expenditures."*
We love leftovers in our home. They open the door for lunches and subsequent dinners. Bottom Line: Leftovers can save you time and money – all $500 to $2000 of it.
… for the health of your family,
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* "Leftovers: Tasty or Trash?", Sarah Nassauer, Wall Street Journal, March 21, 2012, p. D1.