A frequent encouragement in Our Daily Green's youth was to join the Clean Plate Club, echoed closely by admonitions to eat our peas because there were children starving in Africa. It seems the wisdom of our parents and grandparents wasn't so far fetched.
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Can we accept irregularly sized fruits and vegetables, imperfectly shaped bread, irregularly sized cuts of meat? Can we learn how to use what we purchase before it goes spoils or compost it and return it to the earth if it does?
One of the most crucial elements to waste-free food consumption is a cursory ability to cook. Some of Our Daily Green's favorite found recipes are at my fingertips based merely on what is in my pantry. I enter the ingredients that I need to use up before they expire and the Internet produces several suggested recipes. We've dined on milk braised pork loin (when we overbought milk), steamed greens from salad that was getting wilted, Brussels sprouts with bacon, apple and onion (when the apple was getting too mushy to eat), etc. Simply shop your freezer and pantry and refrigerator before letting the food go to waste.
Challenge yourself to not throw out food, heeding the echoes of our forefathers. They were onto something. A new waste free world is beckoning and the first step begins with us.
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