The way you store your food could be the difference between food poisoning and a clean bill of health. Proper storage is how you get 7 days out of leftovers instead of 3. Storing your food correctly ensures safety and reduces food waste by maximizing the period in which we can eat our food. In this 3 part article we will be dividing food storage into two sections: food safety, shelf life, and common items of concern.
Food waste is the number one leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions with over 3.3 gigatons (over 7 trillion pounds) of CO2 equivalent every year. The reason for such a large footprint is that food takes up resources at every step in the process - it starts out with taking land, water, electricity, fuel, and fertilizer to grow, then it takes fuel and manpower to harvest, then it is stored in a temperature controlled environment and travels from around the world, through distributors to reach your favorite grocery store waiting to be taken home. By the time it reaches your home and your fridge, a single strawberry has used up a ton of resources.
It’s something we have all been guilty of one time or another. Whether it was the first time we figured out we didn’t like the taste of an ingredient, or because the avocado we cut 3 days ago started to get a little bit too brown. Food waste is often warranted. Sometimes tossing a piece of old fish in the trash just needs to be done. But, there are also plenty of occasions where the food we tossed could have been saved if we were a little more prepared.
I recently read a report that by the year 2050, we will need to reduce our carbon footprint to 2.1 tonnes per person annually to hit our climate change goals.
A carbon footprint measures the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person or a group. While it is not the only marker of how eco-friendly your lifestyle is, it is a good starting point to understand where you are now.
While reading more about it, I found that there are many tools out there with different levels of detail that can help you measure your carbon footprint. Since I’ve been living an eco-friendly lifestyle for a while, I’ve been car-free for three years, and I eat a vegetarian diet - I was pretty sure I was close to the goal, and had no problem taking a quiz to validate my assumption.
I had no idea that my results would look like this!
Sesame seeds are much more than the little condiments found on our hamburger buns. When toasted they can add the perfect nutty flavor and aroma to any dish and when creamed they can even be used to emulsify! There is a lot you can do with them, and this amazing creamy tahini recipe is a base for a lot of yummy goodness.
Check out this delicious recipe using a tahini sauce!
We are two food scientists that are all about changing the way we look at our food. We will be diving into all of the research, tips, and tricks on how we can all live a sustainable lifestyle. Join us as we find the most creative and green solutions to saving our food, our bodies, and the environment.