How to Avoid Food Waste
Did you know 40% of all food in America is wasted? The best way to prevent food waste is to buy only what you need, reuse what you have and recycle or compost scraps or expired leftovers.
- Plan meals before going to the grocery store. Try using what you have in your pantry first
- Use a meal planning tool like this one: savethefood.com/planning
- Buy ingredients you can use for several meals.
- Be aware of “best-by” versus “sell-by” dates. “Best-by” is a freshness guideline and should be safe to eat after the date has passed. “Sell-by” is a food safety recommendation for store staff and has built-in quality so that if sold by that date, you will have shelf life once its home
- Store food properly to extend its shelf life. Consult the interactive food storage guide at savethefood.com/storage
- Regularly move older items to the front of your fridge or pantry
- Store leftovers in clear containers so you can see what you have
- Prep parts of your meal separately to use ingredients for other meals
- Turn leftovers into new meals. There are great recipes at savethefood.com/recipes
- Turn vegetable scraps from meal prep into vegetable stock
- Freeze food to extend its lifespan
- If you made too much, freeze leftovers for a future lunch or dinner
- When all else fails, compost your scraps and expired leftovers.
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