The good news? By changing a few simple habits, we can reduce wasted food!
1) Smart Shopping
Meal plan for the week before shopping
Choose fresh produce that will last longer – see tips HERE.
Add frozen fruits and vegetables to your cart – they’re less expensive, already chopped, and ready to use in between shopping trips
Buy “ugly” vegetables. Retailers say they throw out misshapen fruits and vegetables because they think their customers won’t buy them. Prove them wrong! The “misfits” are nutritious and safe to eat.
2) Smart Storage
Declutter your fridge on a weekly basis and store items properly to ensure they’ll last longer – learn more on the USDA app
Create an “Eat First” bin in the frig for food that’s getting old
Freeze some food now if you might not eat it soon enough; be sure to label the container with the contents and date.
Wash and chop fruits and vegetables as soon as you arrive home from shopping, so that they’re ready to use for fast meals and snacks.
3) Learn What Labels Mean
“Sell By” is the date past which food vendors must stop displaying and selling the item. It is still usually perfectly safe to eat.
“Best If Used By” is an industry term to indicate best flavor and quality. It is still usually perfectly safe to eat.
4) Be a Generous Host Without Wasting
When hosting friends and family, Americans like putting on a big spread. It’s often a point of pride, and a sign of being both well-off and generous, to fill the table to overflowing. But how much of that food goes uneaten?
5) Recycle Your Food Waste
When you can’t avoid wasting food, and for all those peels, pits, and husks, please recycle! Join Bronxville’s growing Food Scrap Recycling Program, a residential composting program. The Village offers a kit that includes everything you need for easy kitchen collection of all your food scraps and waste. Learn more about this program.