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It’s International Compost Awareness Week!

But WAIT! — don’t throw all that beginning-to-turn produce into the compost just yet! Instead, try reclaiming your food waste.

Composting is an important climate solution that promotes healthy soil, carbon sequestration, and reduces methane emissions resulting from landfilled food waste. (Check out last week’s newsletter for tips on how to compost!)

But an even more effective climate solution than composting is reducing your food waste. A great way to reclaim the food that’s starting to turn in your fridge is by rehydrating it.

Do you have bendy carrots? Wilted lettuce? Don’t toss them! Simply place your sad-looking produce in ice water, put it in the fridge, and wait. It can take anywhere from one hour to one day to rehydrate fully, but your produce will look, feel, and taste good as new.

This trick will work for heartier vegetables like carrots, celery, beets, potatoes, asparagus, and broccoli, as well as leafy greens like spinach, kale, and even herbs.