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Weekly Recap: 12/21/12

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Around the holidays we’re often worried about food going to our waist, not to the waste. Plus, check out the latest articles and comments posted in Live Green!

Did you know that the average American family wastes up to 50% of the food they buy? I sure didn't, until reading 10 Tips to Avoid Food Waste. Leftovers, spills and spoils waste food, energy and money. YIKES!

If you haven't had a chance to check it out, yesterday's article featured some great, easy tips to help you and your family cut down on food waste. But these ten tips are just the beginning! So, here's my go-to tip when it comes to reducing food waste:

Turn soon-to-be trash into treasure. If you have overripe fruit in your fridge, don't toss them in the compost pile just yet. Find creative ways to use them first!

Last weekend, I found myself with a few too many apples that were too soft to enjoy. The good news is – overripe apples have tons of potential in the kitchen. So, I decided to take a shot at a homemade applesauce recipe and put those mealy apples to use. Turns out, applesauce isn't just for kids – and it's easier to make than you think!

  1. Peel, chop and core apples.
  2. Bake apples, citrus zest, cinnamon & sugar for an hour
  3. Viola! Try a scoop on potato pancakes, French toast, or vanilla ice cream! A welcome addition to any holiday meal – from breakfast to dessert!

This Week's Live Green articles:

This week's top posts from the Recyclebank community:

Share one way you are going to try to cut down on food waste. Share your ideas with me in the comment box!

Have a great weekend! Until next time…

About The Recyclebank Weekly Recap

Each week the Recyclebank Weekly Recap will feature the latest articles and comments published in Live Green. It will also highlight a few standout member posts from our Recyclebank Facebook fans and Twitter followers - so be sure to let us know what you're doing to be more sustainable for your chance to be featured!

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Natalie Ghio
Natalie Ghio

Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn.