Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

How to Waste Less Food

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

How to Waste Less Food

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The avocado has turned brown, the cilantro is slimy and the tomato became watery mush days ago. So much for the guacamole you planned to make -- a week ago (or was it two?). All of the ingredients go into the garbage. Multiply that by a whole country's worth of good food intentions gone bad, and the ultimate result is that 40 percent of the food produced in the United States ends up in the trash.

Don't underestimate how much you can do in your own home to reduce food waste. Consumer Reports offers these tips from Dana Gunders, author of the book "Waste Free Kitchen Handbook" and of "Wasted."

- Know yourself. Track what you throw out and why, then adjust your shopping and cooking habits accordingly.

- Shop with a list. Be sure you've planned on when you'll make those meals. …

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