This post is sponsored by Glad. All opinions are my own.
Did you know that the average Canadian wastes over $175 per year on produce spoilage?
If you follow my blog, then you already know that I hate throw out food. For example, I recently wrote about how to use up bits of puff pastry that were leftover from a recipe I made. I also have a recipe on how to make a smoothie with leftover grilled peaches. I would much rather eat leftover food rather than throw it out!
So when GLAD asked me to participate in the #GLADFreshFoodChallenge, it seemed like a no-brainer to me. The goal was to cut back on food waste for at least two weeks, and GLAD sent me some of their products to help me accomplish this goal.
I have to say, I think I did pretty well. We don’t throw out a lot of food at my house to begin with, but, some weeks are better than others. Taking this challenge helped me identify some ways to reduce food waste, and I want to share my best tips with you.
10 Ways To Reduce Food Waste:
1. Only buy what you need.
This seems obvious, but it’s so easy to make impulse purchases when you’re at the grocery. Your best bet is to use a meal planner to help you figure out what you need to buy. Then make a shopping list, and stick to it! Don’t go to the grocery when you’re hungry either – you’ll want to buy everything that looks tasty.
2. Use what you have at home before you buy more.
Take a quick inventory of your fridge and cupboard before you go the store. This will help prevent you from buying similar or duplicate items.
3. Check the expiry dates on discounted grocery items.
It’s a common practice for groceries to reduce items that are about to expire. If you know that you will use up the product before it spoils, then you can buy it. Otherwise, it’s better to purchase an item that will last as long as you need it. [Read more...]