Nobody likes having to throw away food because it’s sat out too long or was forgotten in the back of the fridge. But according to a report by the NDRC, Americans throw away nearly half of their food, which amounts to a whopping $165 million a year. “Just a 15% reduction on losses in the U.S. food supply could save enough to feed 25 million Americans annually,” says the Huffington Post article addressing the study’s findings, posted in 2012.
Not only is having to throw away food a waste of money, it contributes to overflowing landfills which is a serious issue today. Waste management services are having more and more difficulty finding room to store America’s garbage. Throwing away half the food you buy every year doesn’t help.
Much of this waste is due to misinformation about how long certain foods can be stored and when they should be thrown out. The expiration labels on most packaged foods simply indicate the point at which the quality of the product will slowly begin deteriorating, but the rate at which it deteriorates is unpredictable and varies. Many people think that because a package of lunchmeat has been sitting in their fridge past its Use By or Best By date that it should be tossed. But did you know most meats can last in your fridge for a couple of weeks, and in your freezer for a few months or even a year? Much of the food American’s toss out after glimpsing the Best By dates on package labels could have easily been saved and safely consumed long after the printed date. Opening jars and packages and using your eyes and nose to inspect food is a much better way to determine whether the food is still good or not.
Knowing how long your groceries can stay fresh can help you reduce food waste and save money. Generally, foods have a shorter shelf life when kept outside of the fridge. But certain foods are better left out of the cold or should never be frozen as this can alter the quality or flavor of the food. Knowing which are which and their average shelf life will help you best determine how long you can safely store food before it goes bad.
If you want to know how to keep your food fresh, this handy chart below provided by the Huffington Post is the perfect guide to food storage and will help you know just how long you can wait before having to toss the food you spent your hard-earned money on.
Now that you know more about how to keep your food fresh, you’ll love to hear about our own passion for fresh food here at Fresh n Lean, where we strive to uphold the highest quality standards in our healthy vegan meals. At Fresh n Lean, we prepare and package delicious, gluten and GMO-free meals in such a way that they stay tasting great and perfectly fresh from our kitchen to your home and for up to a week in your fridge until your next meal delivery. Our special packaging seals in the freshness and preserves the integrity of all of our meals so you can enjoy scrumptious, good-for-you breakfasts, lunches and dinners that taste like you prepared them at home. They are even microwave safe, but we still recommend using a ceramic dish if you choose to heat up the meals in your microwave.
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