Prevent spoilage to prevent wasted food
(NC) If you're like most Canadians, you likely spend more than one third of your weekly grocery budget on produce. How much of it never gets eaten?
A new study commissioned by the KitchenAid brand shows that the average Canadian spends approximately $40.80/week on fresh produce, but will throw out close to 10 per cent of those purchases. That means we are cumulatively wasting billions of dollars in uneaten fruits and vegetables every year.
What's with the waste, Canada?
A number of factors, such as improper storage and changes in the humidity and temperature level within refrigerators, can contribute to the early spoilage of produce. These factors can be managed, however, as long as you know what steps to take. For instance, certain fruits and vegetables need to be stored separately to ensure maximum freshness.
Protect your produce
Apples and green onions emit ethylene gas, which speeds up the ripening process in ethylene-sensitive foods like spinach and yams. Storing these fruits and vegetables separately will help prevent over-ripening. It will also minimize the changes in their taste and texture causing you to toss them out.
You can also get refrigerators that help keep your food fresher longer. Retailers tell us that KitchenAid refrigerators with the Preserva food care system are designed specifically to control humidity and temperature inside the fridge and freezer with two independent cooling systems. This keeps the refrigerator at a high humidity level, which is perfect for fresh produce, while the freezer stays cool and dry, minimizing freezer burn.
Understanding the factors that contribute to spoilage will give you more on the table, more for your money, and will help to curb the whopping 2.5 billion dollars of fruits and veggies being wasted every year.
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