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Food Matters

Love food, not waste!

      Halting the unnecessary amount of food wasted would have the same impact on CO2 emissions as taking 1 in 5 cars off the road in the UK

Local Markets

Top 5 locally owned markets in Memphis

·      Easy Way (596 S. Cooper)

·      Mantia’s International Foods (4856 Poplar Ave.)

·      Memphis Farmers Market (Pavilion at Central Station,   G.E. Patterson and Front St.)

·      Miss Cordelia’s (737 Harbor Bend Rd.)

·      Winchester Farmer’s Market (6616 Winchester Rd.)


Paper or Plastic

Once you make it to your grocery store of choice, be sure to bring your own bag. Whether it's a backpack, messenger bag, or large handbag, your own sack is always the best choice for your groceries. Paper? Plastic? No thanks, I brought my own.


Make your own chips!

Don't throw away chips, crackers, cereal, or bread that have gone stale! Just pop them into warm oven onto a baking sheet, and they will be crisp and delicious in just 3-5 minutes


Left Over Food

What do you do with Leftovers?
Don't throw away already prepared food just because you are tired of it. In order to reduce wasting perfectly good food, make cool dishes out of leftovers. This is something to keep in mind especially during the holidays when there is often a surplus of leftover food. You can make sandwiches or soups out of the remaining dishes. For other suggestions, check out http://www.leftoverchef.com/
Have your food items expired?
If the date on the label says "best if sold by," then it is usually still fine to use it for another week. You should not use the food after the expiration date, but use your best judgement.
Gloria McVeigh states in Prevention Magazine:
"Milk isn't Cinderella; it won't turn into sour curds at midnight on the countainer's expiration date. Rather than signaling the moment food will go bad, dates stamped on packages define when it's at peak quality."

Food Tips

  • Always buy dolphin-free tuna
  • Buy organic food when possible; it can be more expensive, but it can be a lot better for you
  •  Check expiration dates in the fridge regularly, so they don’t creep up on you and you have to throw food out unnecessarily
  • Write shopping lists before you buy groceries, so you don’t get things you already have, waste gas coming back for something you don’t need, or buy things you don’t need and later throw away
  • Cook foods that you know taste good as leftovers. Some great ideas can be found at http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes , such as cranberry brownies, couscous, turkey noodle soup, lasagna, etc.
  • If you get too much food at a restaurant, ask for it to-go. Restaurants waste thousands of pounds of food a year, and you can help bring that down.
  • Buy from local markets whenever possible
  • If cabbage, lettuce, and other leafy greens start to brown at the edges, soak them in cold water for a few minutes to perk them up
  • Wrap celery in foil to keep it fresher, longer.
  •      Buy in bulk when possible

Applesauce Recipe

Brown apples got you down? Turn that frown upside down by making a quick and easy applesauce!

Prep time 45 minutes

 - peel and chop 3-4 lbs of apples
 - 4 strips of lemon peel
 - 3-4 Tbsp of lemon juice
 - 3 inches of cinnamon stick
 - 1/5 cup of brown sugar
 - up to 1/4 cup of white sugar
 - 1 cup of water
 - 1/2 teaspoon of salt

1. Put all ingredients into a large pot. Cover, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes
2. Remove from heat, remove cinnamon sticks and lemon peels, and mash.

Pesto Spread

Don't let your almost expired food go to waste, try...
Pesto Spread/Dip made from nearly expired marinated artichokes or sun-dried tomatoes:
  • Clove of garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Nearly expired artichokes or dried tomatoes drained
  • Toasted pine nuts or walnuts
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
Add a clove of garlic and a little olive oil to the drained artichokes or dried tomatoes. Puree this mixture in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. In the final blend cycle, toss in 1/4 the quantity of toasted pine nut/walnuts, grated Parmesan cheese, salt, and black pepper. Then puree or blend until you are happy with the consistency. For a thinner spread, increase the amount of olive oil.
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