Lower your grocery bills and environmental footprint by reducing your food waste.
Whether you are at home, school, or work, you are surrounded by opportunities to reduce food waste. So where do you begin?
The first step is to make a game plan.
Identify areas for improvement and choose your favorite strategies for cutting waste.
Become storage savvy
1. Patrol your pantry. Assess what you already have in your fridge and cabinets, identifying which items should be eaten soonest. To keep your kitchen waste-free, make meals that incorporate these foods!
2. Become Storage Savvy. Not sure the best way to store cooked beans or whether you can freeze dairy? Consult the A-Z Food Storage Tip Guide to learn how to keep food fresh longer.
While food holds a place in our hearts, it’s sometimes hard to know whether it also holds a place in the fridge or on the counter.
Inside the Fridge
After ripening at room temperature
Melons, nectarines, apricots, peaches, plums, avocados, pears, tomatoes
Keep celery and lettuce crisp by cutting ends and storing upright in jar of water in fridge door
Outside the Fridge
Store in a cool place - Bananas, mangos, papayas, pineapples
Store in a cool, dark place -Potatoes, onions
Store at room temperature -Basil, winter squashes (once cut, store squashes in fridge)
More Storage Tips
3. Get creative with your leftovers.
4. Understand food dates. Often ‘use by’ and ‘sell by’ dates do not accurately indicate food safety.
5. Nourish your community. Moving? Going on vacation? Certain you won’t eat that tomato soup in your cupboard? Share food with neighbors or donate to your local food bank.
6. Create your own compost bin or find out more about your area’s compost program. .
7. Track your trash. Choose two weeks to list everything you throw out. At the end of those weeks, evaluate the list and learn to purchase and store better next time.
Whether it’s moldy cheese, limp celery, or long-lost leftovers in the back of the fridge, chances are you’ve wasted food this week–and you’re not alone.
When we throw away food, we’re also wasting all the water, energy, and other resources used to produce, package and transport food to our plates.
Food is wasted when we:
Reducing the amount of food that is wasted in your life is a way to be socially and environmentally conscious while also watching your wallet!
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