If you are tired of throwing out spoiled food, check out my spring cleaning kitchen hacks guide to minimize food waste and save money.
This post, Spring Cleaning Kitchen Hacks to Minimize Food Waste, has been sponsored by Newell Brands. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Don’t Let That Food Go To Waste!
Do you know what is harder than growing your own food? Throwing it out because you let it spoil.
And I know that I am not the only one who has accidentally let perfectly good food go bad. Nearly one third of all food produced for human consumption ends up in the trash.
That’s 1.3 billion TONS of food wasted each year, and unfortunately fruits and vegetables have the highest waste rate of any other food group.
That is why this year I am committed to being more conscious of what I can do to help my family, and other families, to minimize food waste in their homes as well.
Why Care About Food Waste?
The need to care about the food we waste far surpasses the simple fact that every time we throw away food, we are throwing away our hard earned money.
While most of us are lucky enough to have the privilege of continuous food access and food security, unfortunately in our own country and around the world, access to safe, quality food is a luxury some cannot afford.
Food waste also contributes to a loss of many resources in the form of water, land, energy, and labor that was required to produce the food in the first place.
One of the most effective ways to stop the cycle of food waste and to help support our local farmers, to protect the environment and to save money is to stop food waste before it occurs. Starting in our very own kitchens.
That is why this spring I have some major spring cleaning plans to help prepare me for the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies that will be entering my home soon.
Spring Cleaning Kitchen Hacks to Minimize Food Waste
One of the most effective ways to help combat food waste is to ensure that you keep the produce you already have on hand fresh so that you actually use it.
Whenever I am ready to do some deep cleaning and organizing in my home, I head to Target to purchase all of my cleaning and organizing supplies.
In my quest to find a product that would help me to minimize my food waste by keeping my food fresher, longer, I discovered the Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver in the Housewares of Target.
I liked the containers so much that I updated my spring cleaning to-do list to include getting rid of my old, generic food storage containers and switching them out for these beauties instead.
Keep Produce Fresher, Longer
I originally bought one large FreshWorks container, sold on the claim that it keeps produce fresher longer, but after seeing how well it worked with my lettuce, I went back to purchase more.
These containers work by utilizing revolutionary FreshVent technology which creates an optimal environment for fruits and vegetables to stay fresh by regulating the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide in and out of the produce container.
What I love the most is the CrispTray at the bottom of the container because it elevates the produce away from moisture on the bottom and promotes airflow to help prevent spoilage.
Even better, the built-in lid filter never needs to be replaced and will last a lifetime, which is great news for those who are concerned about wasting more than just food.
But the best part of the FreshWorks produce saver?
Longer lasting produce means:
- Fewer trips to the grocery store.
- More time to eat and enjoy the food you purchased with your hard earned money.
- Less food waste, which is good for your wallet, good for the earth, and good for the world.
How Will You Minimize Food Waste in Your Home?
If the idea of saving your hard earned money and keeping the produce you’ve already purchased fresh, it’s time to grab your own FreshWorks containers!
For even more inspiration from the FreshWorks brand, check out the FreshWorks site!
How do you minimize food waste in your own home? Let me know in the comments below!
Welcome! I’m Emily Kyle, a nationally recognized media registered dietitian nutritionist & holistic cannabis practitioner providing holistic health care for those living with autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. To help you, I offer food sensitivity testing, cannabis education, and this blog which provides free resources including anti-inflammatory recipes, holistic health, wellness and nutrition related articles, and evidence-based cannabis education.