Why Waste Affects Us…

I recently read a statistic that stated almost 40% of all the food produced in this country (on the vine, in our fridges or at the grocery store) is wasted. It either ends up rotting on the vine or it lands in the dumpster. That’s crazy! If I can eliminate waste in my household, I feel we are making a difference. Of course, our waste is a drop in the bucket compared to the rest of the country. I can only assume that you are reading this blog because you too hate waste. Well, you are in the right place my foodie friend. In creating this blog, I hope I can help you preserve the seasons and prevent waste in your community. It starts with you. By learning these simple preservation techniques, it will become a way of life for you, your friends and, of course, your family who will also benefit from your waste-less ways!

Pickled Green Tomatoes
Pickled Green Tomatoes

Having been in the food service industry as a professional chef for over thirty years, I have been obsessed with freshness. The best way to insure that we will eat the best and freshest ingredients, we stick to local foods whenever possible. It’s hard to beat a tomato that has been picked that morning or arugula that is only a few minutes old. Of course, living in New Hampshire, we have a pretty short season, unfortunately, so we have to be pretty resourceful to enjoy these great products throughout the year. Yes, I know, with the day and age we are in, it’s easy to get strawberries and tomatoes in December, but let’s be honest, they are pretty much garbage compared to a fresh picked version warmed from the sun. Of course, preserving the seasons is not only a great way to enjoy fresh food year-round but, one of the best ways we can avoid waste in our community!

Waste!

I encourage you to post your suggestions on ways you like to preserve the seasons, or preserve in general. What is your favorite pickle? What ways have you found work best to enjoy your favorite foods all year round? Stay tuned as we break down a chicken for a gallentine, boil some strawberries to make the best jam and pickled some outstanding gardineria! Of course, we can’t forget about the smoker, one of the oldest ways to preserve food out there.

Thank you for following.