Preventing Wasted Food

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Ways to Reduce Wasted Food

Shop Smart

  • Shop your refrigerator and pantry first! Cook or eat what you already have at home before buying more.
  • Plan your meals before you go shopping and buy only those things on your list.

Think Outside the Box

  • Be creative! Try substituting if you don't have exact ingredients. Use up odds and ends, and leftovers before your next grocery shop.
  • Freeze, preserve or can surplus fruits and vegetables-especially abundant seasonal produce.

Ordering Out

  • At restaurants, order only what you know you can finish, or be sure to take home the leftovers for another meal.

Store Your Food Properly

Food Storage Guide (PDF)
Food Storage Guide (Spanish Edition) (PDF)
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