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How to help save $1.8K in food costs while reducing waste

Steven Bonifazi

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Approximately 40% of all food in the U.S. is wasted.(Anita Jankovic/Unsplash)

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) The average family in Denver throws out an average of $1,800 worth of food each year -- but, in honor of Food Waste Prevention Week this week, the city is offering tips for how to reduce food waste.

Here are a few food waste reduction tips:

  • Plan your meals for the week to optimize leftovers.
  • Freeze more items such as bread, eggs, milk, cheese and leftovers.
  • Make a grocery list before shopping to avoid impulse shopping.
  • Store food properly. The temperature of your fridge varies so perishable items shouldn't be placed within the door, leftovers on the top shelf and veggies in the crisper drawers.
  • Organize your fridge so that items that need to be eaten first are prioritized.
  • Compost

Denver's Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency tweeted Wednesday that potatoes are one of the city's most wasted food and shared a homemade potato chip recipe.

Nearly 33% of residents face food insecurity, according to the city

“Everyone has the right to enough healthy, nutritious food to eat every day,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock in a press release.

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