Cut Down On Food Waste With An "Eat This First" Shelf!

February 6, 2020

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Last week we found the average American family wastes 30% to 40% of our annual food budget on food that goes bad before we have a chance to eat it.  If this is an area of your household budget you want to address we have a idea for you: make an "eat this first" shelf.   You can set up an “Eat This First” (or ETF) shelf in both your refrigerator and your cabinets, if you want. All you have to do is designate an area—preferably a highly visible area—in which you will prominently place leftovers, produce, hard-boiled eggs, that packet of deli meat you opened yesterday, anything with a relatively short shelf life. Then, the next time you need to put together a meal or grab a snack, you can start by pulling items from the ETF shelf. If you are going to set up an “Eat This First” shelf, it might be a good idea to ensure that the foods that go on the shelf are foods you’ll want to eat first. You’ll also want to remember to rotate foods onto the ETF shelf as their perishability increases or their expiration dates draw near. If you’ve got a bunch of yogurt cups shoved into the back of the fridge, for example, make sure to move them to the “Eat This First” section before their shelf life runs out.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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