I recently saw an article that said most Americans waste about $40 worth of food—the equivalent of more than 30 pounds—every month?
The whole notion of food waste reminds me of lunch at the Blue Boar Cafeteria when I was a kid. From the massive filets of fried fish and seemingly endless side dish options to the cakes, pies, and chocolate pudding cups—all topped with a dollop of whipped cream—I wanted one of everything.
Mom and Dad would always say my eyes were bigger than my stomach. Kind of a quirky little saying, ins’t it? What if our eyes really were bigger than our stomachs? We’d all look like the cast of A Bugs Life. But I digress.
My point is that I still suffer from the whole stomach/eye issue from time to time, especially at the grocery store, and especially when there’s a good sale on something. Which goes a long way toward explaining how we could toss out 30-plus pounds of food each month—and why a recent video offering seven remedies for preserving food caught my attention. So I thought I’d share some of these remedies with you.
Some of the hacks were easy enough—like dunking an entire tub of fresh strawberries into a bowl of water and Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar. Although I’ve tried this—and the strawberries come out clean—they never last long enough for me to test the preservation theory.
Other hacks were a little more unconventional, if I do say so myself. To be fair, I haven’t tried them yet.
Let’s start with vacuum wrapping a steak. According the video, just pop it into a zip-lock baggie, seal the baggie leaving about a half-inch unzipped, drop it in a bowl of water, complete the zip and voila. Bye-bye freezer burn. Or so it would appear. And inquiring minds want to know if this is true.
Need to keep those fresh-baked cookies soft? Toss a piece of bread into the cookie jar. Need to keep the bread fresh? You do if you want those cookies to be soft, so toss a stalk of celery into the loaf. Need to keep the milk from spoiling? Just add salt.
Yep. Add salt.
I can hear Colton now. “Mom. Why did you buy salty milk?”
Of course I’d feign cluelessness, but you and I would know the truth.
Then there’s the salad mix fix. I’m successful with this hack when I take time to do it. Just dump clean dry greens onto a dish towel, wrap loosely and store in the fridge. Granted, you could run the risk of catching E. coli from the packaged lettuce. Then again, the same can be said for eating raw cookie dough. Sometimes we have to throw caution to the wind.
Anyway, all this food talk is making me hungry. It’s also reminding me that a food sale doesn’t mean much if it’s going to go to waste. And that even though the Blue Boar Cafeteria has been gone for years, my eyes are still bigger than my stomach.