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Contributed by Jocelyn Apicello and Krystal Ford from Tackling Food Waste in the Kitchen - Just Food Conference 2013

America: Recycle and Clean Your Fridge!

Happy America Recycles Day! But wait, there's more! It's also National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Seriously!) In honor of these beloved occasions, and because we care about your sustainability, behold Ecocentric's greatest hits on recycling, food waste and more!

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.

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! 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! 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! 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!

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.

Taste It, Don't Waste It! Stale Bread

Freshly baked bread is a treasure, but a stale loaf can be good eating, too. Older bread may have lost a little bit of the spring in its step - but the wholesome ingredients and dedication to craft that go into any bread that's worth its butter are still there to be enjoyed. Here's how to get the most out of your toast at every stage of its lovely life.

Looking Back: 6 of the Top Stories of 2015

2015 was a big year in food and agriculture news - from severe drought in our nation's biggest food producing state, to the approval of GM salmon and lots more. Looking back on the year, we've collected six of the top food and agriculture stories of 2015.

Looking Forward: 10 of the Top Issues of 2016

With 2016 here, we've rounded up a bevy of what we think will be some of the top food and agriculture issues of the year. From action on antibiotic overuse, to local aquaculture, to accounting for the true costs of industrial agriculture, 2016 is shaping up to be an important year as we work to create a more sustainable food system.

Cut Food Waste, Cut Water Waste

Wasted food has a hidden cost: wasted water. Everything we eat has a water footprint, and as a recent Smithsonian Magazine article illustrates, when we waste food, it's like we're dumping huge amounts of water right into the garbage.

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