Solution to Our Wasteful Ways: 60-Day Bread?
New microwave technique can keep mold away for 2 months
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2012 9:57 AM CST
Loaves of fresh bread are displayed at Amy's Bread on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – The average family of four trashes $2,275 worth of food each year, and a third of the bread purchased in the UK ends up in the rubbish bin—but a newly developed technique could help whittle down those depressing figures. As the BBC explains, an American company called Microzap claims to have created a process that can keep bread free from mold for 60 days. As its name implies, the bread is passed under a microwave device that zaps the mold spores, killing them in about 10 seconds.

Bread manufacturers are interested but wary, notes the BBC, which reports that margins are tight in the industry, so an additional cost might be tough to bear. And consumers could be grossed out by the idea of eating bread in December that they bought before Halloween. But there is an additional upside for consumers: Bread treated by the device wouldn't need to contain added preservatives—or the chemicals used to hide the taste of those preservatives. The technique can apparently also be applied to ground turkey, vegetables, and other foods, with one exception: cantaloupe.

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Dec 3, 2012 9:29 AM CST
Food preservation techniques can save money, feed the hungry, and even change the course of History. Oh course, rats, mice & insects will still be a problem. But overall, a fine idea.
Dec 1, 2012 12:52 PM CST
Make smaller loaves, problem solved.
Dec 1, 2012 3:51 AM CST
When you multiply that $2,275 by however many billion people are in this country, it adds up to a whole lot of money. There are 16 apartments in my building. If everyone here wasted that much food we would have thrown away $36,400. It's not so much that you're throwing away food it's the money that you spent on it that's the issue. I'm sure you wouldn't just go to the bank, take out a couple grand and throw it in the dumpster. And by the same token if someone came up to you and offered you a couple grand cash you wouldn't say no to it. It's not even about 'nanny state' politics, it's about making the best use of what we have without wasting things. I tell you not much food goes to waste in my house. I can't afford it.