18 practical kitchen tools that will help you waste less food
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According to the NRDC, America doesn't end up eating about 40% of its food. That's a lot when looked at as a hard number, but probably comes as less of a shock after the fourth week in a row that you've thrown out soggy, black lettuce from the back of the refrigerator.
The good-ish news is that because we waste about 50% more food today than we did in 1970, it should be relatively easy to cut back on it (especially with the innovations of the last 45+ years) if we just devote a bit more effort to it. Or, if we just bought smarter products that do some of the magical life-lengthening preservation for us.
In turn, we'll save resources, refrigerator space, and more money for other things we enjoy.
It could be as simple as a weekly "use it up" dinner, where you try to concoct a delicious Instant Pot meal of your leftovers from the week, or as low-maintenance as getting an inexpensive device to suck up the ethylene gas (which causes ripening) in your fruit and veggie drawer. It all depends on your lifestyle, budget, and what you find yourself most often wasting.
Below are 18 kitchen tools and tricks to cut down on food waste:
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A little apple that absorbs the gas that speeds up ripening
A colorful vegetable saver that extends shelf life and contains odors
Eco-friendly, reusable food wrap
A vacuum sealer system to keep food fresh for up to five times longer
Reusable food huggers that fit to the shape of cans or produce for an airtight fit
Rubbermaid containers that regulate oxygen and carbon dioxide
An easy, countertop-friendly compost bin so even the food that does go bad can be used in the garden.
Bags that use food-grade polyethylene and a natural mineral to keep food fresh.
An inconspicuous disk that will lengthen the life of your fruits and veggies for about three months.
A kitchen handbook that provides checklists, recipes, and infographics to help you minimize food waste.
Refrigerator drawer mats that facilitate better air circulation.
A smoothie maker to use up all your vegetables and fruits before they go bad.
An airtight Banana Bag that you can't miss in your fridge.
A dehydrator that'll help you preserve pretty much anything.
An herb keeper that should extend their lifespan.
Colorful clips to keep air out of pantry items.
A pasta measuring tool so you never make more leftovers than you can possibly eat in time.
A fridge and freezer thermometer to make sure your food isn't going bad faster than it should be.
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