Here’s a familiar scene: You come home from work, kids are hungry, you’re tired, and more than ever those take-out menus tacked to the fridge are starting to call your name. You start to dial.
But put the phone down. Right now. Now walk back to the fridge. Open it. Look over there… no, not at the ketchup that had a “use by” date in the Reagan administration, over there. Yeah. Those random leftovers from the other day.
Before you roll your eyes, hold on a minute. According to The New York Times, Americans waste one pound of food, per day, per person. That’s over 250 MILLION pounds of food a day. (Your mom wasn’t joking when she was talking about those starving kids in China/Africa/Timbuktu when you were a kid.)
So what to do about it?
First of all, if you tend to have a large amount of leftovers, ask yourself why. Do you just buy and make too much food, or are your meals not getting eaten?