We Americans trash 40% of our food. 40%! Imagine ordering a foot-long sub everyday and only ever getting 7.2″. If your anything like us, you’d probably be upset and feel slighted. Well, that’s exactly the way you would feel about your food consumption if you really knew how much we all waste. For a family of four, this waste equates to $2,275 of food. (Source) Placed over the life-cycle of a family, this could purchase a car. The social impacts of our waste are vast and equally disconcerting. Forbes.com illustrates some of these impacts well in a couple infographics they published earlier this year. Waste begets waste in areas you may not have ever thought of.
Consider water waste: Bringing a hamburger to your table uses 660 gallons of water. (Source) That’s 24 10-minute showers with a slow-flow shower head for one burger. One hamburger wasted per day over a year uses enough water to fill one of these:
As a major food production organization, Santoni’s has developed food sustainability practices to help us minimize our costs and protect our community’s food consumption future. After talking with our Executive Chef, Sam Sharpe and our Head of Operations, Mike Serio, we put together a list of things we’re doing to cut back on waste that you might emulate.
- Use all components of your food. Be creative.
- Boil scraps for stock or dice up veggie trimmings for use as toppings
- Never over-produce, analyze your needs and know them well
- Know how to store your food to make it last longer.
- Rotate your oldest food items to the front
- We send unusable food scraps to Liberty Delight Farms, where it either gets eaten by animals or buried (much better than ending in a landfill
- We donate our expired items that are still consumable to local food banks
- Understand USDA Food dating systems. The date on the box is a SELL BY date, and food is often good to eat for longer
- Freeze foods in bulk to prevent spoilage
There will always be some food waste, our goal here is an 80% utilization rate. If you have any further questions about how to keep your food as long as possible, don’t hesistate to shoot us a post on Facebook or email us here.