Giving Compass' Take:

• With growing awareness of how food waste affects the environment, many conscious eaters are looking for ways to reduce their impact. Food Tank gives 11 kitchen hacks to help people cut down on their food waste. 

• How can Americans continuously and sustainably understand their carbon footprint? How can donors support programs that encourage innovative solutions for reducing food waste?

Read how more Americans are taking steps to reduce food waste. 

What might be viewed as waste, or even the traditionally less-valued part of an ingredient, can have big flavor and nutrition that home cooks may be ignoring. Preventable food waste also carries a hefty price tag. Data from the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that it costs the average United States household of four US$1,800 per year. According to the Australian Government, food waste costs its economy roughly US$14 billion per year while adding millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Considering a nose-to-tail, fin-to-fin, and leaf-to-root approach may not only help lower the environmental burden from food waste, but can also add new and exciting flavors to everyday meals without breaking the bank­—or the trash bin. Below is a list of 11 underrated parts of foods to help get the most out of your grocery shop.

  1. Vegetable Leaves. Carrot tops are often discarded, but they can actually deliver a flavorful and nutritional punch.
  2. Herb Stems. Cilantro leaves can add great flavor and color to many Mexican and Thai dishes, but don’t forget about the stems and roots!
  3. Bones and Fat. The low price and convenience of vegetable oils may be partly to blame for forgetting the value of rendered animal fats.

Read the full article on the 11 kitchen hacks to cut down on food waste by Danielle Nierenberg at Food Tank.