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7 Smart Ways to Reduce Food Waste at Home

7 Smart Ways to Reduce Food Waste at Home

Food. Waste. Are there any two more depressing words when it comes to the kitchen? With all the resources we have, food waste prevention should be second nature.

Let these food waste prevention tips help you create less waste in your own kitchen.

1. Shop more often. This may seem counter-intuitive, but the more frequently you shop for items you absolutely need for meals (think fresh), the less there is to go to waste.

2. Menu plan. On that same note, if you know exactly what you’re going to prepare for the day, week or (gasp!) month, you can reduce your risk of creating food waste.

3. Shop with lists. Simple as that. Know your game plan. Don’t let grocery stores overwhelm you.

4. Avoid impulse items. Here’s the thing. You may buy all the healthy foods on your list. But when you also add in KitKat bars and MilkDuds because they were on sale right there by the register, you’re going to sacrifice calories somewhere else to eat that junk. This means more likelihood that you will let that fresh broccoli rot in the crisper. Tsk!

5. Keep a list on/near your fridge. Refrigerators aren’t best designed to prevent food waste. Items get shoved to the back or bottom and it’s super easy to forget what you have in the crisper. It’s really helpful to write down what fresh items are in your kitchen and scratch them off as you go (or turn them into another shopping list). That way you know you’ve got carrots that need eating, yogurt, etc–and you’re more likely to eat it before it goes bad.

6. Pre-cook. It’s one of my go-to tips at home, especially now with a baby. I make big batches of beans, rice, steamed veggies, etc, so they’re all ready to get put together into smaller meals. With less cooking to do, meals don’t seem as daunting and ingredients get eaten, not tossed.

7. Grow your own! It’s a lot easier to walk out to your yard and clip some salad greens than watch the Costco-size tub of mesclun mix you bought on an empty stomach turn to mush. Not to mention all the gazillion other super healthy benefits growing your own food has for your health and the environment.

What are your favorite food waste prevention tips?

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12:50AM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

Thank you!

2:13AM PDT on Sep 6, 2014

Thank you :)

4:18PM PDT on Sep 5, 2014

thanks

4:03AM PDT on Sep 4, 2014

thanks

2:48AM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

ty

2:34PM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

thanks

7:47PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Some good ideas, especially when it comes to growing your own. I don't really bother with lists as I already know what is needed and don't have plan ahead menus either, preferring to be spontaneous, yet still manage not to waste much in the way of food.

6:42AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

thanks

3:18AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

Thank you for the tips.

1:46AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

noted,thank you

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