Americans, on average, throw away about 23 pounds of perfectly edible food, per person, every month.
A few simple guidelines can help you save money and cut down on the amount of food that’s wasted at home.
- Plan your meals for the week, and then buy only what you plan to cook.
- Make a shopping list, and stick to it.
- Check your cupboards before you go to the store, to avoid buying doubles.
- Understand that for many products, the “use by” and “best before” dates are simply manufacturer recommendations for peak quality, and are not an indicator of food safety. Very often foods—particularly dry goods—are fine long after the date on the package. Trust your nose and common sense.
Read more: Tackling Food Waste at Home
One way to reduce food waste is cook your own meals and cook those that you know well, which makes it easier to judge how much you need. For more tips on reducing waste around your home, see this Smarter Living article.