Prep now to prevent food waste later

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Preventing food waste is super easy – all it takes is a little preparation.

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Prepare perishable foods soon after shopping. You’ll make it easier to whip up meals later in the week, saving time, effort and money.

Right away

  • When you get home from the store, wash, dry, chop, dice, slice and place your fresh food items in clear storage containers for snacks and easy cooking. Don’t forget to put a label on your containers so you know exactly what you have.
  • Befriend your freezer and visit it often. Freeze food such as bread, sliced fruit or meat that you know you won’t be able to eat in time.

Each week

  • Cut your time spent preparing food each week by batch cooking entire meals ahead of time that can be stored in the fridge or freezer. For example, bake and freeze chicken breasts or fry and freeze taco meat.
  • Keep a running list of meals that your household already enjoys. That way, you can easily choose a meal to prepare.
  • Rely on your freezer – but remember what you froze.  Keep labels and a marker handy to note what you are freezing and the date on each container.  This will help you plan meals, save money and reduce waste.

And remember, the more preparation you do now, the less food you’ll waste later.

Interested in learning more about preventing food waste? Visit our Food: Too Good to Waste webpage for even more tips.

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