10 tips to help you reduce food waste

One of the simplest ways to minimize food waste is to follow a meal plan. Because you just purchase what you need for the next week, you're less likely to overspend and toss out food, which is better for your wallet as well.

Plan your week s meals

Before you go shopping, make sure you have a thorough inventory of your fridge, freezer, and cabinets so you only purchase what you really need. Making a list and sticking to it can also help you resist temptation.

Write a shopping list

It is important to be aware of the distinction between "best-before" dates and "use-by" dates in order to avoid throwing away food that can be consumed. To learn more, please go here.

Best-before & use-by dates

Though unsightly, they provide the same nutrients and taste as properly formed vegetables. Making food waste reduction a priority will improve your meals!

Embrace wonky fruit & veg

Try unique meat cuts or purchase sustainable entire fish and use the bones and head to create a tasty stock.

Open your mind

Young chickens' eggs are too little for many stores, so they're discarded. While rare, keep a look out for them at farm stores and buy them when you can! They're just as wonderful as regular eggs!

Look out for pullet eggs

Food will last longer if your fridge and freezer are at the appropriate temperature. Batch-cook, freezer-friendly recipes are great for utilizing leftover vegetables, saving money, and simplifying cooking.

Check your fridge & freezer

Weigh rice, pasta, and veggies to avoid overcooking and wasting. Learn about portion sizes and how they vary by food here.

Portion out food

Freeze leftovers in freezer bags with labels and dates for a fast weeknight dinner. Check out our great leftover recipes for ideas on how to stretch dinners.

Embrace your leftovers

To get even more ideas on how to create tasty, nourishing meals and stretch your ingredients, pick yourself a copy of Jamie's book Save With Jamie.

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