Admittedly, reviewing what you toss into the trash might not seem like a compelling activity but hear me out!
Maybe you're intrigued by seeing "end food waste" around recently, or you're paying a little bit of attention to ugly produce, or maybe you just need a do-able little project that makes your world a better place. If so, join me in putting less in the trash. Just like all interventions, the first step is admitting you have a problem.
Do you have a problem? Its easy to overlook what goes in the trash. A little bit here, a little more there. Its exacerbated if you live with family or roommates because you have multiple people throwing things away.
A simple way to pay more attention is to write it down! Lets have a food waste audit!
Here's a chart you can print out and hang up by your trash can. Or just use the categories on my form suggestion to make your own. They actually look like part of the decor when written on kitchen chalkboards.
Simple Food Waste Audit Tips and Tricks
ROOT CAUSE OF THE WASTE
CONCLUSIONS and NEW HABITS
buy too much = Try and visit a local store more often. Or purchase less
store food poorly = Brush up on where veggies go. Buy some new chip clips or tupperware. Check the temperature of your fridge with a thermometer.
get excitable and purchase on a whim at the grocery store = make a meal plan and stick to your list!
make plans with friends spontaneously = purchase less more often and as needed. practice cooking with ingredients that don't go bad or cook a few nights of meals over the weekend that you can freeze
cook too much and refuse leftovers = cook less! and try to reinvent your leftovers
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