Reducing Household Waste

1. Overview

Food Waste Minimisation

2. Take an inventory.

Take stock of your pantry, refrigerator and freezer before going to the store to prevent overbuying.

Make and KEEP a reusable shopping list on Google Keep available on Apple and Google Play.

3. Create a meal plan.

Planning at least a few meals for each week is a great way to ensure you have healthy meals. It also prevents you from buying too much food because you feel like you need to be prepared for anything. Coordinate your meals so you aren't using completely different ingredients for every recipe. For example, plan to eat broccoli as a side one night and in a casserole the next. FREE MEAL PLAN TEMPLATES

4. Save and eat leftovers safely.

If you don't think you will be able to eat your leftovers within three days, store them in the freezer and label them. Keep your freezer organized so food doesn't get lost and then thrown out due to freezer burn. How to store leftovers safely.

5. Store food appropriately.

One of the biggest reasons I hear people say they don't eat fruits and vegetables is because "When I buy it, it ends up going bad, and I throw it out anyway." Start by only buying what you can eat in a week. Store greens with a paper towel in a plastic container in the crisper drawer, tomatoes and bananas on the counter, potatoes and onions in a cool, dark place and fresh herbs in a glass of water. Have some frozen fruits and vegetables on hand in case you eat all your fresh produce before your next grocery day. Food Safety and Storage Information.

6. Buy "ugly" foods.

Purchasing imperfect food refers to misshaped or oddly shaped fruits or vegetables, and it has never been easier. Some companies will deliver "ugly" foods to you with a monthly subscription. You also can start a relationship with a local farmer through a community-supported agriculture or farmers market to get your hands on some imperfect produce. Remember, don't purchase bruised or spoiled produce.

7. Compost.

Even vegetable peels don't have to go to waste. Backyard composting is a great way to keep food waste out of the landfill and provide nutrition for your garden. You also can find small composting containers that you can keep in your home. How to compost.

8. Use leftovers creatively.

Find ways to use rather than toss food that isn't fresh. Vegetable scraps and peels can be made into soup stock. Apples or blueberries that are soft work perfectly cooked in oatmeal. You can even use stale bread to make croutons or an egg strata. Slightly wilted vegetables are great for soups or stir-fries. One of the best things about soup is you can make it out of pretty much anything. Use up your leftovers, recipes suggestions by Big Oven.

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