Government reports and attention in the media consistently point to the growing issue of obesity in America. We are well aware of recommendations that encourage us to spend a good portion of our food budget in the produce department. Many of us avoid buying too many fresh vegetables and fruits because they spoil too fast and frequent visits to the grocery store can cut into valuable time and cause overspending.
In an effort to make healthier choices for my family, I found myself buying way more produce than I could use before it would spoil. I had good intentions of using every item in my cart, but very often by the time I would reach for that fresh tomato, it already had mold on it. As I emptied the produce bins in my refrigerator I felt sickened by the amount of waste that occurred due to overbuying and nonuse.