Have you ever started preparing a meal, knowing for sure that you have the needed ingredients in your refrigerator or pantry, only to find them spoiled?
The Food Marketing Institute, USDA, and Cornell University have developed a new app called FoodKeeper so you don’t have to go through this again.
Let’s check out how to take care of your food with this easy-to-use app!
Features of the App
In the new FoodKeeper app, users can find storage advice for over 400 beverage and food items such as meat, poultry, dairy products and eggs, seafood, and even a few types of baby food.
US citizens waste over a few billion pounds of food every year, just because people are unsure of its safety or quality. The USDA states that an estimated 21% of the USA’s food goes uneaten and thrown away by buyers.
FoodKeeper helps buyers prolong the life of purchased beverages and food by storing them correctly.
The app creators believe that, by helping users understand how food and beverages should be stored, they will learn how to purchase or choose the correct storage methods for their products in order to prolong their shelf life. If stored properly, the items will be kept fresh for a longer period of time.
The app allows you to use the search option to find your product’s correct storage time. However, the product’s life does not stand only in the buyer’s hands, as other factors are very important, as well.
Manufacturing processes, harvesting techniques, distribution, transportation conditions, and growing conditions are also important when it comes to expanding your product’s shelf life.
With this app, users can keep track of their products and ensure that they are consumed at the right time. The calendar integration in the app offers a valuable feature by allowing you to enter the date on which you bought your product. It will send notifications to remind you to use the product before it spoils.
The app will allow you to store your product correctly based on its type, whether it goes in the freezer, pantry, or refrigerator. You can also receive cooking tips for meat, seafood, and poultry.
The search option is available by voice control and swipe gestures, as well, and you have the “Ask Karen” option that allows you to submit a question directly to the USDA.
“Ask Karen” is available 24/7 as the USDA’s virtual representative, and it’s perfectly capable of offering information about food handling, storage, prevention of foodborne illness, and how to safely prepare meat, egg, and poultry products.
Food Waste Challenge
FoodKeeper is a part of the U.S. Food Waste Challenge that was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and USDA.
The Food Waste Challenge, created in 2013, covers a bigger food chain, going to farms, food manufacturers, agricultural processors, grocery stores, universities, restaurants, local governments, and schools, trying to unite efforts in fighting food waste.
Their goal is to improve products in order to expand the life of the products and reduce food waste by going straight to the source. They want to help in improving product storage, development, marketing, shopping/ordering, cooking methods, and labeling.
Recovering food waste is another key element, and they’ve connected possible food donors to organizations that fight hunger. The last thing to be done in order to not waste food is to recycle it by feeding it to animals or by creating bioenergy, natural fertilizers, and compost.
Businesses and organizations have demonstrated their commitment to lessening food waste by feeding the hungry and reducing the impact on the environment in their communities.
FoodKeeper started as a publication that contained important advice that was meant to help consumers on how to correctly store their products and understand the whole process of storage. In 2015, this was turned into the FoodKeeper app.
The app is available for all Android and Apple devices. The storage times listed in the app are meant to be guidelines and not certainties. Depending on some factors, some products may outlast the guidelines, while others might spoil faster.
The app is user-friendly, and the search feature is very easy to use. Users can benefit from the “Ask Karen” function and submit their questions straight to the USDA.
This app will help its users save money by reducing food waste, and users can make an impact on the environment by buying the correct quantities of food and storing them properly.