Earlier this week I posted the recipe for Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken that I made in an effort to use up some of the leftover food in my fridge from the holidays. I’ve seen several tips and posts this week around the Internet on ways to not waste food this week. Looks like many people are making it a priority in 2011, so I thought I’d focus on not wasting food for this week’s weekend reads.

  • Lidia Bastianich is asking us to join her in her new year’s resolution and commit to not wasting food. She has set up a community table discussion board where people can post tips on curbing food waste.
  • The Sweet Beet blog explains how to boil your garbage to make a great stock and get all the nutrients out of food before it hits the compost pile. This method goes beyond just using a chicken carcass, onion, carrots and celery.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer has tips from the book “American Wasteland” on reducing food waste.
  • I stumbled upon the website Shelf Life Advice that looks very helpful in the fight against food waste. It has lots of handy tips on how long foods are good for, storing foods to give them a longer life, and more.
Enjoy your weekend!

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Weekend reads: The don't-waste-food edition
Food news and items of interest from around the Web for your weekend reading.