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Food waste continues to be a problem for a lot of Americans. According to a recent study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, American consumers waste nearly 40% of the food they buy. Along with saving money from being less food, reducing food waste also reduces methane emissions, conserves energy and resources, and can support your community by providing donated food that would otherwise go to waste.

To reduce food waste, here are a few gadgets that will reduce waste and could create some new habits or hobbies, according to cnet.com.

- Juicer: Use up fruits and vegetables that are close to going bad by making fruit and/or vegetable juice. With a juicer, everything from apples to zucchini can be salvaged before they brown and wilt.

- Compost bin: Place your leftover fruit pulp, onion skins, carrot tops, herb stems, eggshells and other waste into a compost bin or pile to lessen the impact on landfills. Compost can then be used to add nutrients to flower beds, tree beds, vegetable beds or your lawn.

- Vacuum sealer: To cut down on meat and produce waste, use a vacuum sealer to make your groceries last longer. Along with extending the life of your meat and produce, a sealer can help cut down on solid wast by enabling better meal preparation.

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EASY RECIPE

Braised Pot Roast with Sweet Onion Gravy

Serves: 8

Ingredients

1 (4-pound) boneless beef chuck roast

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Seasoning salt of your choice (optional)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 large sweet onions, peeled and cut in half crosswise

4 cups roughly chopped carrots

4 cups roughly chopped potatoes, parsnips, or turnips

Directions

Place a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 300 degrees.

Pat the roast dry with paper towels. Place the flour in a shallow dish and stir in salt, pepper and seasoning salt to taste. Dredge the roast on all sides in the seasoned flour.

Heat the oil in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven or over heavy-bottomed pot over high heat. Add the roast and brown on each side until well seared, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the pot from the heat and transfer the roast to a plate.

Place the onion halves cut-side down in the bottom of the pot. Place the roast on top of the onions, and cover the pot.

Bake for 2 hours. Add the carrots and potatoes, and spoon the juices over the vegetables to baste. Return the pot, covered, to the oven and continue to bake until the beef is very tender and the juices have thickened, 1 to 1 1/2 more hours.

To serve, remove the roast from the pot and slice it into thick servings. Arrange slices of beef on plates with the carrots, onions and potatoes. Spoon the pan juices over the top.

- SouthernKitchen.com

DRINK

Singapore bans ads on sugary drinks

Health officials in Singapore recently announced they will ban ads for unhealthy drinks with high sugar content, becoming the first country in the world to ban such ads. The ban applies to “the least healthy” sugar-sweetened beverages, and will cover all media platforms including print, broadcast and online. Soft drinks, juices, yogurt drinks and instant coffee will also be affected by the new regulation.

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FUN FACT

Italian food most popular among millennials

According to a recent study conducted by Napolina, millennials are more likely to dine on Italian food than any other generation because it is “Instagrammable.” The study found that 63% of 22- to 35-year olds said Italian food was their favorite type of cuisine, compared to 42% of people older than 55. Of the 63%, one in 10 admitted eating Italian because it “looks good” on social media.

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