food waste

Taste it, Don't Waste it! What Not to Eat

Reducing food waste is one of the best ways to save time, money and natural resources. We love using up every pip, peel and pit that we can - but there are a few exceptions to the rule: some plant parts don't make good eating. Read on to learn more about common produce items that are best left off of your dinner plate (and composted), and some where the verdict is still out.

One Person's Trash is Another's Gluten-Free Flour

The latest hot trend in gluten-free baked goods may be coffee flour, a product that is poised for commercial roll-out sometime this year, and that may help relieve some of the food waste and water pollution associated with coffee production. Made from coffee cherry pulp, coffee flour is high in nutrients and fiber. But some coffee farmers aren't so sure about its usefulness.

Top 5 Thirst-Quenching (and Thirsty) Summertime Beverages

What's your favorite summertime beverage? Is it lemonade? Soda? Maybe it's iced tea? A recent CBS News poll found that iced tea tops the list of favorite drinks on a summer day. To find out what beverages round out the top five thirst quenchers - and how much water is required to make each one - read on.

Taste it, Don't Waste it! Melons

Is your huge honking melon a little too much of a good thing? Are you having trouble polishing it off before it starts to wither - or do you just find yourself facing a bit of melon fatigue halfway through the fruit? Read on for some fresh ideas for enjoying every last bite of this seasonal treat - from watermelons to honeydews to cantaloupes!

The Fight for Food Access: Leaders of the Movement

Millions of Americans struggle to access healthful foods on a daily basis. In our last post on the topic, we discussed the reasons so many people experience food insecurity and how lack of access to good food impacts everyone in the United States - making it impossible for us to achieve true sustainability. The good news is that many organizations and programs are working to help solve this problem. Read on to learn more.

Taste it, Don't Waste it! Refrigerator Pickles

Even the best plans sometimes leaves us with a little more produce than time - and it's not uncommon to face a crisper drawer that is threatening to expire. In those moments, turn your extra vegetables into quick pickles! Mix it up with different seasonal veggies and flavors, and enjoy these pickles all summer long.

Taste it, Don't Waste it! Fresh Herbs

Want to take your dinner from glum to glam? Add fresh herbs. There is nothing like a tablespoon or two of fragrant greenery to brighten any dish. But what's a cook to do with the rest of the bunch? And what about those stems? Should you chop or toss? Enjoy every last bite of your transformative herbs.

Taste it, Don't Waste it! Bone Broths

Back in the day, people wasted less food and made what they had stretch, and bone broths are more than just terrific waste-savers. They can transform your cooking and, some say, your health.

Taste it, Don't Waste it! Potatoes

Here, Sherri Brooks Vinton dishes up recipes and tips on how to use up every bit of tasty food we buy and prepare. You too can turn leftover mashed potatoes into sexy samosas, and Sherri's recipe for potato peel chips will convince you to never throw out another nutritious skin.

Waste Not, Want Not this Climate Week

Following the People's Climate March and with the arrival of heads of state from around the world, Climate Week has kicked off in New York City. While countries present their climate cases at the United Nations, we are thinking about how to reduce our personal impact on the climate. One solution: reduce food waste.

Quick Tips for Separating Your Compostables

Whether you're building your own compost or donating your scraps to a local program, start setting those scraps aside with these simple kitchen collection tips! This fourth post in our composting series gives you the nitty-gritty on collecting and saving food scraps at home.

Make One Sustainable Choice, Get Two Free! 9 Simple Nexus Tips

Rarely is the food, water and energy nexus presented as convenient, much less in ways that are easy to understand. But if you strip away all the complex discussions and you're left with this simple idea: A sustainable choice in any one of these three systems is likely to be a sustainable choice for the other two, as well.

Who Wants My Compost?

You don't have to compost at home to recycle your organic scraps! Find a local grower, community program or join your municipal collection service to make saving and donating scraps easy. Check out this third post in our composting series to find out who really wants your compostables.

Troubleshooting Your Compost: Tips and Tricks

Never give up on your compost pile! If something goes wrong, you can usually set things straight in a few days. Learn about the basics to maintaining a healthy compost with the second installment in our composting series.

What Can I Compost? The Scraps that Make the Cut

Find out which items you throw away are actually composting gold with this first post in our composting series. The next time you head to the trash or scrape your plate, take a moment to recognize how many of those scraps should be returned to the dirt - not trapped under layers of garbage.

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