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My September goal

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Someone's probably going to ask why I only have one goal. The truth is, this is a very large goal.

Studies show that approximately 40% of all food purchased in this country goes to waste. That would be a shocking number on its own, but coupled with the massive problem of hunger in this country, it's horrifying.

I'm as guilty of this as anybody else, and I don't want to do it any more. So my goal for September is to minimize my food waste as far as possible. I know that 100% isn't possible. We've all had stuff turn bad unexpectedly, long before its "expiration date." But I know I've wasted an inexcusable amount of food.

There's a lot I can do differently. The veggies are getting a little soft and wilted? Fine for soup. The milk sours? Pancakes or biscuits (sour milk subs just fine for buttermilk and doesn't require another purchase). Stale bread? Bread crumbs and croutons.

I know this will save me money. It will also make at least a tiny contribution to the hunger problem by not taking up extra food someone else truly needs, and will force me to be a more creative cook, which has been a dream of mine for a long time.

Before anyone wonders, I have no intention of letting the taste and quality of my food suffer. A recent episode of Chopped featured chefs having to make restaurant-quality dishes from things other chefs would normally waste (such as herb stems, wilted carrots and heel ends of bread).

I'm actually looking forward to the challenge!
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