How to reduce vegetable food waste at home

Easy tips, tricks and recipes on ways to reduce food waste at home with vegetables. Let’s repurpose food!

Repurpose Food is a LiveBest series where I share delicious ways to reduce food waste. Join me as we repurpose vegetables to create best overs - one delicious bite at a time!

Repurpose vegetables

DYK? We waste a lot of food!

According to ReFED, 34 percent of produce (vegetables and fruits) goes unsold or uneaten. To reduce waste, think frozen or canned. These forms result in less food waste throughout the food chain. Picked at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen, these foods are likely more nutritious than the so-called “fresh” stuff that is actually a bit aged, due to the nature and duration of its journey from farm to fridge.

How to store vegetables

In your refrigerator, use the drawer levers. Keep higher humidity for greens and lower humidity for apples, pears, stone fruit.

The general rule of thumb is to put things that tend to rot in a drawer with a low humidity setting. This includes fruits and veggies that emit an ethylene gas, such as apples and pears. Leaving the vent open on the drawer gives those gases a chance to escape. When the gases are released, it helps keep the fruits and vegetables from rotting prematurely.

Vegetables that wilt go in the high humidity drawer. Lettuce, spinach, and other greens last longer in the high-humidity drawer. By keeping the vent closed, moisture is held in the drawer keeping the greens fresher longer. Greens want some moisture, just not too much. They keep best if cleaned and dried. Store them in a plastic bag that has multiple tiny holes in it. You can make your own by pricking holes in the bag.

How to reduce food waste with vegetables

Repurpose vegetables to reduce wasted food

How do you repurpose vegetables??

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