"Notice what food you throw away this week. See if you can reduce it by a third. Eat leftovers and shop more carefully using a list and planning your meals. The amount of food thrown away by an average household adds the equivalent CO2 emissions of 1-5 cars."I know exactly where most of my food waste comes from: my terrible habit of putting leftovers in the fridge and forgetting about them. When I make food, I waste very little. For example, I never peel potatoes and I'm perfectly happy crocking veggies that look a little tired. But once I've prepared the food, the leftovers will often get forgotten.
Of course, they aren't forgotten forever. Every couple of months, I run out of space in the fridge, get annoyed, and spend an hour cleaning it out. This is where most of my food waste comes from, as I dispose of what has become science experiments. Some of the loss is reduced by tossing it on the compost pile, but that's still wasteful; and anything with meat products in it has to go into the trash, because I don't want to risk attracting vermin.
The great George Carlin used to say
"Leftovers make you feel good twice. First, when you put it away, you feel thrifty and intelligent: ‘I’m saving food!’ Then a month later when blue hair is growing out of the ham, and you throw it away, you feel really intelligent: ‘I’m saving my life!’"
I need a way to systematically cycle through fridge leftovers so they get eaten. I really do like leftovers; I just don't remember them.
Anyone have any ideas?