I recently decided to test out one of those grass-fed meat cans advertised on Instagram, and modern shipping delays made it all thawed out by the time the meat arrived at my doorstep in Manhattan. So what did I do? I cooked. I cooked like I was racing against myself in my own Food Network competition. I could almost hear an announcer giving a play-by-play for an episode of Chloe’s Zero-Waste Kitchen.
My binge turned into an impromptu meal prep that actually lasted my husband and I all week. I fried potatoes and quartered wings for lunch, then boiled the bones in broth. I marinated six chicken breasts. I simmered three pounds of ground pork in tomato sauce and put it all in a pot. Then I assembled the pasta with sauce, ricotta and mozzarella. I salted and dried eggplants to prepare them for grilling. I chopped cucumbers with sliced tomatoes and drizzled with light but tangy cilantro vinegar from 30 under 30 alum Diaspora Co., made in conjunction with Acid League.
I was never good at meal prep, but this experience may have changed me. Or maybe I was just happy to avoid a lot of food waste, which contributes massively to greenhouse gas emissions and actually wastes resources that are already scarce.
My barbecue also reminded me that the end of summer is a time of generosity. Gardens overflowing with courgettes and herbs. Community Supported Agriculture shares boxes with tomatoes, corn and peppers. Produce as stone fruit for sale in grocery stores. But how much of the abundance around us will actually be used? And how many will never get to where they are most needed?
— Chloé Sorvino, editor
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Food waste costs American taxpayers billions of dollars a year. Every year, $400 billion ends up in dumpsters, and because they reduce corporate profits, companies can treat them as tax deductible. History of Yours Truly.
The Whole Foods label says the meat is free of antibiotics, but a lawsuit claims that’s not always true. A class action lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to reverse the trend of undisclosed antibiotic use in the meat industry without antibiotics and curb the spread of antibiotic resistance, which is driven by the overuse of antibiotics in the industrial meat production. History of Yours Truly.
Mario Batali settles two lawsuits for sexual misconduct against him. The former Food Network star has settled the lawsuits for an undisclosed amount, as reported by Marisa Dellatto.
CDC: A new outbreak of E. Coli could be related to Wendy’s romaine lettuce. The suspect is romaine lettuce on Wendy’s burgers and sandwiches served in at least three states, writes Dr. Bruce Y Lee.
VIDEO: The future of meat. Forbes Newsroom host Diane Brady spoke with Chloe Sorvino on the future of meat.
A summer salad topped with, more salad! The spoonful here is a lobster salad.
Chloe Sorvino leads food and agriculture coverage as a staff writer on Forbes’ corporate team. His book, Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed and the Fight for the Future of Meat , will be published in December 2022 by Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books. Her eight years of reporting at Forbes have taken her to In-N-Out Burger’s secretive test kitchen, to drought-ravaged farms in California’s Central Valley, to burned-out national forests operated by a billionaire wood, to a century-old slaughterhouse in Omaha and even a chocolate croissant factory designed like a medieval castle in northern France.
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