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8 Strategies to Stop Wasting Food Plan your meals.. A little meal prep can go a long way! Plan out your weekly meals and snacks, and have your needs in Buy a mix of fresh, frozen and canned foods.. While fresh fruits and vegetables are a great option, frozen or canned Know your portion. But I certainly waste a lot less than I used to, and I want to share the tips that have helped me the most when it comes to wasting food.

8 ways to stop wasting food: 1. Calculate the cost of the food you throw away. When I get rid of a piece of clothing, a piece of furniture, or any other material good, I’m always cognizant of how much it. 8 Strategies to Stop Wasting Food. by Palwasha Malik on March 4, 2016 in Lifestyle, Health and News Articles. SHARE / No Comments. Did you know that food waste is a global problem?

Here in the U.S., we toss 35 million tons of food each year. That’s the equivalent of about 7 million African bush elephants or (if you can’t visualize elephants. Follow these 8 tips to stop wasting food and start making the most out of your food.

Stop Wasting Food. Store it correctly. Foods require different storage conditions to maximize their quality and increase the duration they will be edible. Avoid putting foods that spoil quickly, such as milk and eggs, on the shelves of the fridge door.

20 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste 1. Shop Smart. Most people tend to buy more food than they need. Though buying in bulk may be convenient, research has 2. Store Food Correctly. Improper storage leads to a massive amount of food waste.

According to the Natural Resource 3. Learn to. Freezing food is like hitting the pause button, and most anything can be frozen. Pop half-used milk in the freezer before vacation, and it’ll still be in great shape when you get home.

Cheese (best shredded and used for cooking), eggs (out of the shell and raw, but scrambled), bread (sliced), and tomato products (pasta sauce, tomato paste) all. Today I’ll be sharing 9 types of food scraps and bits that you can either eat or save. Consider working these into your kitchen and cooking routines as a simple way to cut back on food waste!

9 Food Scraps You Should Save. 1. Carrot Tops. The next time you buy a bunch of carrots, hang on to the greens!5 Strategies to Stop Wasting Food. November 8, 2016 In Community.

5 Strategies to Stop Wasting Food. Did you know that Americans throw away an average 20 pounds of food per person per month? In the US alone, we waste 35 million tons of food every year.

Not only does this equate to wasted money, but it’s also bad for the environment. Food waste may not be the cause of the hour, but it is getting a lot of attention these days. A Place at the Table, both a documentary and a companion book about hunger in the United States, recently debuted to critical acclaim.A recent report by a CBS station in Los Angeles created quite a stir after showing a video from last year of 13,200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

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This strategy can increase the likelihood that people will prioritise food waste prevention over other goals.

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These strategies are counterproductive because they do not contribute to building longterm eating habits, even if they appear to be effective in the short term.

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Reducing food waste as an effective tool to lessen food insecurity is a simple option, yet overlooked.

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As subsequent discussion notes, limiting access to junk food is part of the answer, but that strategy alone is unlikely to be effective.

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Reducing food waste requires behavioral changes, such as planning our shopping lists better, keeping our eyes on what’s in our fridges, and not preparing too much food at each meal.

“Future Foods: How Modern Science Is Transforming the Way We Eat” by David Julian McClements
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In addition, research conducted in the Philippines (Esguerra et al., 2017) has shown that the main reasons for wasting fruits and vegetables at household level are forgetting to cook the produce purchased, not planning meals properly and overbuying (often poor quality food).

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A more productive strategy would also include environmental change efforts, e.g., expanding the availability of more nutritious food choices [12].

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One sustainable strategy for combatting food waste is to boost your preservation skills.

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One solution for using up this large amount of wasted food is to donate food that is of good quality (nonperishable and unspoiled perishable food) to social institutions such as food banks, soup kitchens, shelters or social markets.

“Solid Waste Technology and Management” by Thomas Christensen
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Many of these tips will not only cut your food costs, but will also enhance your finished products.

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  • Great video. It’s called intentional living, many great ideas. I already learned to freeze my bread or make croutons, its a game-changer.

  • Incredibly informative. Gives me and so many others a lot to think about, consider and change into my eating and shopping routine.
    Truly appreciative of your video. Thank you for your hard work, preparation and awareness to the life you lead and through it advising others to try and better theirs.

  • for Nr. 42: you don’t have te freeze herbs in an ice cube tray or with water, simply chop and put them in a tiny container. You can easily separate them with a tea spoon, or if you don’t mind, with your fingers, if you need a pinch of herbs

  • love these ideas thank you for sharing. it would have been better/easier for the viewer to remember all the tips if they were kept in groups. I.e all the info on bread talked about at once vs sprinkled throughout the video. Also “sell-by-dates” have absolutely nothing to do with when the item will spoil by. it is ONLY for stores ; its (as the name implies) the DATE that the store has to SELL that item.

  • There’s a website called OLIO which is basically like gumtree but for food. If you have extra food or excess in your house, you just post it on there for free and anyone who wants can come and collect it. Here’s the link if anyone is interested.

    https://olioex.com/

  • I love going to a supermarket and finding strawberries pase their “best before” because they’re always perfectly ripe then and taste the best ��

  • I just found an app called Plant Jammer that creates recipes based on what you have in your pantry. That’s always the hard part for me. I buy one thing for a recipe and have a hard time figuring out what to do with the rest. The app also helps you learn how to balance flavors so you can get better at improvising meals. Highly recommend

  • When the bread gets hard u can just put it quickly under the water and put it into the oven. The bread goes good again 😉 However you can only do it once

  • It’s ridiculous that people think “ugly” produce goes to waste. You think the bottle of apple juice you buy in the store was made from the most beautiful apples??! How do you think the cut frozen veggies looked before they were packaged?? The world is dumb

  • I love this video! It’s very informative and I’ll definitely use some of your tips:) But please take care what information you are sharing! Using a homemade scrub out of coffee scrubs on the face can be damaging/irritating to the skin! (If you need an explanation: The coffee scrubs aren’t uniform in size so if pressure is applied from our hands it can cause micro-tears in the skin, which can lead to long term problems if you use this method a lot). I just wanted to tell you this because with a platform this big it’s important to stay conscious about the information you are sharing! But aside from that, great video!

  • Oh dear are you really mentioning “panzanella”? It is lovely when someone knows some really traditional italian food, especially because old and traditional Italian cuisine has many many recipes for avoiding food waste ������

  • I’ve been checking the Riverford food, and half of their vegs and fruits are not local, but from Spain, Italy, France and others… I am new in the sustainability world, and after doing a little bit of research it seems that there is no place where all the vegs and fruits are 100% local, not even close. Am I right? Or is there something I am missing? Can somebody help? Thank you a lot.

  • I’ve been checking the Riverford food, and half of their vegs and fruits are not local, but from Spain, Italy, France and others… I am new in the sustainability world, and after doing a little bit of research it seems that there is no place where all the vegs and fruits are 100% local, not even close. Am I right? Or is there something I am missing? Can somebody help? Thank you a lot.

  • Tip learnt from office work where there are always pastries kicking around. Microwave a stale pastry (doghnuts, croissants, yum yums, cookies whatever) for 5 to 10 seconds to give it some moisture and fluffines back.

  • I have a “reverse” tip of n°52: if you see fruit growing on your neighbours’ trees that they are not bothered about picking, ask them kindly if they’d be happy to let you take it if they don’t want it. My neighbours had apple and plum trees that had been planted by people before them, and they had no interest in them, so they encouraged me to take what I wanted! Countless free plums and apples ������

  • So it may not be reducing food waste really but to avoid buying tons of little bottles of vanilla extract we make our own with vanilla beans and vodka, both which we can get in glass containers. I’ve used this method for rosemary, orange, and lemon extracts as well.

    We also use frozen bread to make fresh croutons or with dishes that require bread. And making and freezing your own stock is amazing and makes dishes so much better than store bought(You can also do this with bones or fat from meat if you use it, not just vegetable off cuts). Also if you have any dry grains that may have been sitting too long you can use them to blind bake pastry instead of getting making weights.

  • Check out Zero Waste Chef as well, she’s amazing! I 100% agree with saving and planting the seeds from your produce. Also, look into composting, work farming or bokashi, or see if there’s a ShareWaste or community compost near you. Try making your own kombucha as well you can ferment it for longer and make your own vinegar for cleaning and cooking:) You can also make banana vinegar as well. And use pineapple skins to make tepache

  • Also you can put the steal bread in the microwave for a very short time (like 15 seconds) and it will become soft again! (Only works once tho!)

  • Thank you for such a wonderful video!! in America, about 41 million of us are food insecure yet 40% of all food goes to landfill. (source: feeding America nonprofit)

    You definitely address what we can all do on an individual level. A lot of that waste is from the industrial part of the equation where they deem the food too unattractive go to the supermarket but usually I just buy the ugly ones. if enough of us buy the ugly ones or are concerned for the “ugly” food, they’ll get the message. Thanks again for a great video that offers solutions.

  • Thank you for speaking up for the guilt us disabled people carry for buying the chopped stuff! My mom would prefer to just go without and I’d rather she eat something healthy and recycle the plastic than let the guilt over the plastic get to her. She just doesn’t have the hand strength for chopping and peeling anymore

  • Love this!! I have been using OLIO extensively as all the food on there (either from individuals or businesses) would have gone to waste otherwise:( and it’s FREE!!! I’m also using Plant Jammer and I absolutely love the recipes in there:) thanks so much for sharing all of this, lots of good tips in there!

  • Your channel is one of the best to lead a zero waste life. Can you please tell me whether the kitchen appliances such as food processors, blender are recyclable

  • I’ve just discovered your channel, and I already love it! No useless blabla, really good tips never seen on another channel or videos about zero waste! Love from France!

  • I don’t peel the courgettes or carrots when I’m using them and I also have the habit to eat potatos with the skin (I find them tastier that way). Usually I leave the skin of most vegetables, I really don’t mind. I peel slightly the stem of the broccoli so it can cook properly and it’s softer to eat it. Peels of lemons and other citruses, I usually add them to my tea or blend them with salt to season the food. If I don’t feel like eating the stem of the herb, I add it to the soup. When I cook rice I throw the whole clove of garlic with skin on, my grandma taught me that. I found a recipe for orange cake that uses the whole orange, so I have been doing that recipe ever since. Love the tips! ❤❤❤

  • one snack i love is to bake a banana until dark brown, then slice it in half (not all the way), open the cutting, and sprinkle some cinnamon on top:))

  • yess! i always give my scraps to my bunny, and she loves them! also, when some veggies has gone a little brown (for example, romaine lettuce) i give it to my bunny and she eats it all:)

  • This is awesome! Something I do is keep my receipt from the grocery store and pin it to the fridge with a magnet. I then cross things off as I eat them. Helps me remember what I have so I don’t let things go bad. It’s also useful because I live with a lot of roommates, so it’s hard to see what’s mine in our crowded fridge if I don’t have a list.

  • I used the idea of making refrigerator pickles. There was a sale on cucumbers so for $2 I was able to make 3 pints of delicious pickles! It was so easy to make! What a great snack or side dish!
    Now I’m going to try pickling other veggies this season. Thanks!

  • I love watching videos like this! My mother and I have been trying to lower the plastic waste that we produce, and your videos have been very helpful to us on our mission

  • Great info! I also try to “food share”. By that I mean that if I buy food that I know I won’t get to eat in time (before it goes bad), or food that I’ve purchased and it isn’t something I really enjoy I try to share it with friends/family/co-workers. In my case, co-workers are an easy one. I work in an area with a large warehouse and it is very easy for me to bring food (even opened) food in and others will be happy to take home to enjoy with their family. Also, just yesterday I brought a bag of snack food that I had eaten about 1/4 of it (so 3/4 left) to my parents house and asked if they would want the rest. It was a nut mix that was very sweet and wasn’t my taste. I tried to enjoy it, but realized I wouldn’t eat it and didn’t want to throw it out. My Dad tried it and loved it.

  • Great video! Never, never, never store tomatoes in the fridge. They will turn mealy and tasteless. Store apples in a bowl on the counter away from other vegetables and fruits; otherwise, their ethylene gas will cause all to spoil more quickly.

  • I like to use my broccoli stems for stir-fries. It gives an extra crunch:) Also for anyone feeling “lazy” or is simply short on time, you can use nut butters to blend with water to make a quick nut milk without the plastic.

  • this was beautiful, thank you so much �� I just saw a video the other day, you can also dehydrate your veggie/fruitpulp and use it as a plant based meatsubsitute. If you don’t use all of it, just store it in an airtight jar.

  • Thank you so much for all of the work that you do. I truly appreciate the way you approach people, and your commitment to inclusivity. I believe your kindness and understanding regarding accessibility will reach the ears of far more people. I am glad that I found your channel.

  • I freeze whole tomatoes if I’m not going to use them all. When back out of the freezer, run them under warm water and the skin comes right off. Not particularly good for salad, but great for soups, stews, or chili. Grape tomatoes can be frozen for a couple of weeks. They are okay on salad if still half frozen. Try one.

  • Amazing video! I’d add freezing slices of ripe bananas and making the most delicious ice cream in the blender within seconds! I couldn’t believe how creamy and sweet it turned out to be. Have a try!
    Thanks for your great work Immy!

  • This much info is a lot to take in, but I’m glad that I have to pause the video to take notes rather than have small amounts of often useless info dragged on. If I were you, I’d probably slow the speed of the video down juuust a little to allow viewers to better process what’s being said (mind, I typically watch informational YT videos on 1.25 speed)

  • I give you 1 more tip good for all rot vegise if you know they vill go bad befor you have time to eat them peel or prepp to your way of eating put dem in pot with cold wather and take dem to a boil. take them of plate and cool down put dem in porsen bag and frees then they kvikk and easy to juse leater

  • You are wonderful, really! I’ve been trying to lead an eco-friendly life for a long time but the quarantine inspired me to take it to the next level. Your videos are really helpful and informative. Also, you seem to be such a kind person! All best for you xx

  • I tried going a whole month without grocery shopping to work through food I never get around to and to reduce my exposure during COVID. That totally changed my mindset. I have an eye that looks at my food and figures out what will go bad first, how to cook up various things before they go off. A lot of things that get a little gross if frozen or if they’re not ripe can be cooked into useful things (I saved a fancy orange I bought that was pithy but boiling it in water and sugar to make a syrup out of it, tastes amazing with blueberry pancakes). Lots of extra tips in here I’ll be trying. I take way longer between grocery trips now even though I buy my normal amount because I make myself cook up every last thing in my fridge, and tell myself I can cook my not favourite thing for brekkie for one or two days.

  • Pls pls make a video about composting or ways to get rid of veg scraps (after used ) to avoid throwing to trash, for example banana peels they do create bad odor if thrown in plastic bags u.u

  • I’ve been working in bars for almost 10y and can tell you you can use aquafaba as a substitute for egg white in cocktails if you want to make yours at home!! It acts the same way, making the cocktail smooth (getting rid of the harshness of the spirit) and makes the foam ✌️✌️✌️

  • Hi, thank you for your very useful tips.
    It’s not only food for thought, but so many will be put into practice��
    Just a thought, but if you could speak slightly slower, I feel it would be a easier to assimilate this valuable information.
    Just discovered your channel. Thank you

  • You can use orange and citrus skins in natural kitchen spray. Just soak in vinegar for a few days.
    Baby beetroot leaves are yum in salad too.
    I freeze my ginger and grate it straight into foods. I don’t even peel it.

  • for lemons, limettes and oranges: You can freeze the peel and use it later in recipes. Even after peeling, you can flavour your vinegar cleaner with them. I constantly pop my citrus in vinegar after the have been completely squeezed and peeled

  • about the carrots; in case storing them in a glass of water doesn’t work for you (I have a) the hardest tap water in my country and they don’t like the layer that forms around them and of top of the water after a few hours, and b) I have mold problems), wet a clean paper or cotton towel (not dripping) and place with the carrots in some tupperware or a glass and store in the fridge, preferably in the veggie box

  • What is your experience with food waste in the kitchen? What is your opinion? What is your story? How do you avoid it?

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  • I do something similar to veg broth with fruit peels. My nephew cant chew threw fruit skins yet so everything gets peeled for him. All the peels get put in a big ol bad and once its full i boil it with a bit of sugar and cinnamon. It’s quite delicious. I usually drink it but every now and then I will reduce it into a syrup for oats or pancakes!:)

  • A wooden salad chopping bowl and an ulu knife or mezzaluna will destroy any tough part of a vegetable. My wife and I never remove kale stems anymore.
    Pasta cooking water makes a great base to make thicker soups or pasta can also just cook in the sauce to make a nice thick pasta sauce.
    Refried beans, fried rice, stews, etc were invented by past generations as methods to use the last bits of ingredients that are going bad soon. Those don’t need recipes per se, they were meant to be hodgepodge.

  • I’ve kept spring onions, in the window sill, in a glass, for 2 3. How? Just change the water every 2 days. Only take part of the onion allowing it to grow back
    What do I do with excess fresh produce just before payday. I pull them out of the fridge and make recipes (raw not cooked) and store in the freezer. By doing this, we always have a healthy meal when we’re busy or sick or just lazy.
    With my fruit I cut them and store in a container in the freezer as my smoothie mix. I keep it as a smoothie blend, not individual fruits.

  • Another one for the lemon, have a go at trying to eat the inside pulpy stuff and using the peel to clean your hands after a greasy meal. Arab style. I feel like it’s not for everyone, I have been eating lemons raw my entire life, and so have my family members. But, after you squeeze out all the juice find a corner that you can separate the lemon itself from the peel (lemons look like oranges when peeled) take it out and eat it, then clean your hand with the peel. Then compost the peel or chop it up and add it to your dishwashing liquid. Later you can take out the lemon peels when needed from the dishwashing soup, de-grease your stove top for a good cleaning, rinse it off (from soap and grease) and throw it in the compost.

  • I guess in England it’s different but in here you need a lot of approvals from the city to grow stuff in a “communal garden”. If it’s a private area it depends you can’t grow trees and stuff like that. (Well you can but it’s illegal and they can ruin it:/).

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    It is really sad to see the amount of waste found on a shoot, since the usual thing is to buy plastic disposables. Our shoot is on a beach and we deeply refuse the slightest bit of disrespect for the environment. We believe that sustainable projects can be carried out and supporting local commerce. We find ourselves a little swimming against the current, because to follow our ideals, the cost of production increases. That is why we have opened a page on gofoundme, there we give more details about the production and we would love for us to be able to broadcast it ����. Sometimes it takes a little organizing and if you could just share our page for us we would be incredibly helpful. We wish you all the best from the entire team

  • Can’t wait till the snow melts so I can plant a garden! Through last years my tomatoes did not do super well, bunnies ate all my lettuce and my cucumber didn’t grow. But there was a lot of mint though!

  • I just feed everything I can to my dogs as long as it’s healthy for them. If they don’t like it I chop it up into tiny pieces and mix it in their food.

  • you can also use the scrap from chopping and peeling veggies to make veggie broth….you can keep a container in the freezer to collect them until you have enough to boil them into a broth….strain out the bits and pieces and then compost them….you can freeze the broth until you are ready to use it

  • if i get to much. I share with my neighbors. I like buying single bananas or of bunches. I buy dented cans. and I like sales, and stock on what I need. I recycle and I’m trying my best. I have produce bags, and metal straw’s, I make my own laundry soap or I use soap nut berries. I have a reusable bags I take with me.

  • I’m moving in about 5 weeks and so with decluttering all of the stuff we don’t need, I’m trying to empty out the cupboards and freezers (yes, 2 freezers for 2 people-ridiculous) and I don’t think I’ve ever done this before. Not only are we saving loads of money because I’m just buying stuff we need every week (fresh fruits and veg) but I’m trying a bunch of different recipes to try and use up the stuff that I forgot I bought or just to use them in a different way. It’s been a huge eye opener as well as a fun project! In our next house, I’m definitely not going to keep as much “just in case”.

  • It is quite easy to not waste food when you don’t have a lot of money but also some of these things aren’t possible without money. E.g. I only have a very small freezer and can hardly freeze more than 1.5 kg of Veggie and an ice cube tray and veggie boxes have way too much for me to consume.
    When I have really ripe lemons I squeeze them and freeze the juice in seperate ice cubes, that way you can defrost it in portions. I also grow herbs on my balcony which is just amazing. The dried bred and the end bits that I don’t enjoy go to my horse, she really enjoys the treat.
    I will try the spring onion one though!

  • Hello���� i love your videos! Im not sure if u have a video on your channel on how you started your journey and what inspired you to do so. If so, can you kindly link it plz? Thankss

  • May I add, share with a friend, family member, or neighbor! If you have extra ingredients or meals, share the love with someone who will enjoy and use it up! And if you buy something for the fiirst time and didnt like it, share that, too! Someone will like it!! ❤��❤

  • I love to buy organic but it is so expensive so many of what I have at home to cook a nice meal are from the clearance rack which saves me tons of money, I’m still alive and still buying past the due date or best by,I just post a video with some finds at the discount store that will last me for more meals, have a good day everyone!

  • A tip is, when you want to buy bread, to visit your local bakery and check if they have and are willing to sell you “yesterdays bread”. It´s a great way for you as a customer to save money and a great way for the bakery to make a few extra bucks on something they would have just thrown away as trash!:)

  • Thank you for the freezing ripe fruit idea! Wonderful! If someone has a high speed blender, scraps can be blended with water and added directly to the garden.

  • thankyou for pointing out ACSESSABILITY, and the issues that arise when trying to be low waste/ sustainable. I strive to be as sustainable as possible but being disabled it is so difficult and frustrating! thankyou!

  • Great video:) I started freezing my fresh herbs but find they went slimey and lost all their flavour, great tip to pop them in water, will do this today ty!!

  • Fantastic! Thanks for all these great tips. When I’m done meal prepping for the week, I’ll often have left over veggies that I didn’t completely use up, so I’ll usually make a quick tofu scramble or bean stir fry, then like you, individually portion out meals from that and freeze them, to eat on the weekend. It’s helped make having food on hand on the weekends a lot easier too!

  • When you order Asian food in the U.S., you get a lot of soy sauce packets…I don’t throw them away anymore. I used them in a pickling recipe of 1:1:1(soy sauce, sugar, vinegar). I usually have a small jar of it started. Then I throw scraps of chili pepper, garlic & onion. My kids like it with steak. It also pairs well when the kids make their version of Vietnamese rolls. I get them to eat a “salad” without much effort.

  • Your tips are really helpful! Thanks to you, I think I am becoming more responsible and a better human!! Really really like your ideas and your personnality! Greetings from France:)

  • I saw how your cupboard was neat with mason jars, and I paused the video to clean mine. It shows how inspiring having a neat environment can be for other people:)

  • Hei! We usually freeze the peels from veggies and,when in need,boil a veggie stock out of it! Just ad pepper and olive leaf and voila!

  • If you’re trying to grow fruits/veggies, make sure you take precautions or else the squirrels will end up eating everything regardless of if it is ripe or not. I’ve had this problem for years and although it probably doesn’t help living right by the horniman nature trail, so we have to be really proactive about making sure anything we grow we actually pick instead of losing it to squirrels.

  • this vid was nice, but as soon as you said read braiding sweetgrass i knew it was time to truly support. thanks so much, support indigenous ecologieeee

  • I have a meal plan and shopping list for 30 meals.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/t4lfljxmzb8qr3a/20180706_Master_Shopping_List.xlsx?dl=0
    As long as I have the stuff on the list, I have dinner.

  • So so helpful! I’m a student but love to cook and I find myself wasting a lot of food when I get overexcited at the market and then have such a busy week I forget about it all and just eat cereal. The shopping list seems so simple but has rly revolutionized my kitchen organizaron!! Thanks girl:)

  • Very nice tips!! A homemade chutney sounds amazing, maybe you could make a video about how to make them:) thanks for your inspiration:)

  • I usually store my bananas next to my onions because they don’t seem to bother each other! I avoid a lot of veggie/fruit waste by giving it to my rabbit if I can’t think of other ways to use it! She doesn’t mind slightly wilted fruits and veggies and it’s good for her too:)

  • Thank you for video! I really like the tips! You could also add the frozen coconut milk to your iced coffee instead of regular ice cubes. ����

  • I add my veggie/fruit scraps to my dogs homemade vegan food and they love it. Of course keeping in mind the veggie and fruits that are not good for dogs i.e. Avocados, Onion, Garlic, Grapes

  • A great tip I love is when you peel potatoes or sweet potatoes, I drizzle the skins with oil and pop in the oven till crisp and golden, pull out and season and eat them as crisps. Soooo yummy ��

  • Your hair is looking great. Is that the results of your new hair regime? Do you have recipe for the hummus, kimchi and pickling? Thanks

  • Thanks for the tips! I liked how you talked about proper storage for fresh foods. I had never thought to stick carrots in water in the fridge! How long do they keep fresh? Also, would it be better to keep the carrots and water in a sealed jar?

  • Roasted red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes elevate hummus in the best way! They add this amazing flavor, and I’ve pretty much just gotten in the habit of always tossing in a few roasted red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes in every batch of hummus I make.

  • I used to have problems always wasting celery and green onions because I would only need a few pieces for a recipe and then would never eat the rest. Now I just chop them up and freeze them and they work great in casseroles! Another tip for veggies is to wrap them in a damp towel before putting them in the fridge. I’ve found this really helps prolong pretty much every veggie’s life.

  • What do I do to combat food waste?
    1-all leftovers are frozen in single serve containers
    2fruit about to go bad is cut up and throw in the freezer smoothie container for a mixed fruit blend
    3-the day before payday I pull out remaining fresh produce and my cookbooks and make frozen meals (raw not cooked). One pack goes in the slow cooker when I’m busy, sick or lazy.

  • In my fridge produce drawer I have a ‘old use up’ drawer and a ‘new no rush’ drawer. I do shop 2x a week to get more produce and this helps me make sure I know what’s new and what’s older. I also have 2 baskets in the bottom portion of my fridge that I use to have snacks (like string cheese or zip loc bags of chopped veggies) and yogurt. Every week, I pull the old ones to the front of the basket and put any new stuff in the back.

    I also freeze a bunch of veggies. If things are on sale, I’ll chop up potatoes, celery, carrots and make a soup starter. Or butternut squash, I make shakshuka but I only use 1/2 a butternut squash, so I chop up the other half and freeze it for next time. I’m a big fan of cook once eat twice (or chop once eat twice lol)

  • At the store recently there were 2 choices for 5 lb bags of carrots. One was 99 cents and labeled imperfect. Right next to it were “perfect” carrots in the same size for $5.99. The person next to me actually still spent the extra! Why?!

  • Hi Sarah thank you for another great video and sharing your tips. We do make up a grocery list before we go to the store and we do grow our own garlic and this year I think would we are going to plant some tomatoes and zucchini

  • I’ve taken to throwing our food scraps out by a tree in our yard. We have a squirrel that lives in the tree who is more then happy to eat most food scraps

  • We just moved into our new home and first thing on my list is to get the garden in shape, so I can create compost 3-part area. Everyone is looking at me like what is she talking about and why is she so excited, but I love the fact that not only you are helping the planet, but also creating new soil instead of spending money on buying it. I already have all the palettes ready and cleared quite a large area, so waiting for better weather to finish it off. In a meanwhile I collected 11 bags of branches, leaves etc. and 3 bins of household offcuts we have created. And let’s not forget the shredded paper.

  • You could skip the organic label and save a bunch more. It’s just marketing. For example, many people will choose organic to avoid pesticides, but are unaware that pesticides are still used in organic farming just a different group of them. In any case, enjoyed your tips!:)

  • Thank you for mentioning Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Indigenous peoples are the original zero wasters and continue to be stewards and keepers of the lands and animals.

  • Just out of curiosity, what happens to the box?
    Do you fold it up and give it back to them?
    You chose a good topic. I was truely amazed when I found out how many people don’t know how to do a proper grocery shop. Some know that something is wrong but don’t have the right questions to ask inorder to fix it. Maybe if you design a vid around recipes and your fresh food order will give us something to share out there on social media?
    It would certainly help a lot of people Im sure. ��

  • I tried Imperfect Produce and have loved it so far. I try to do a big shopping trip once or twice a month. We receive Imperfect Produce every other week. It keeps me out of the grocery stores…where I too have been known to throw extra, fun food in my cart.

    Soups are another way to get rid of veggies that are starting to go.

    I got the tomatillos too! I’m going to use them in a sauce to go on top of tostados..

  • These are great tips! I shop outlet stores to help with saving money and food waste. Along with near expiring foods, they often have the ugly produce there for sale and I buy those! Great for the wallet, health and environment. If I didn’t have this option already I would check that site out! The pomelo is really good but takes forever to eat! I peel the thick skin off, remove any seeds, and peel the segments to get the flesh out. I hope you enjoy it! This company seems like a good way to reduce food waste as well as try new foods. They should sponsor you! Thank you for this great helpful video!

  • Hi Sarah. Interesting & helpful video again ��. I really dislike food waste. I’ve recently realised one of your points. By buying more of the food that I eat & enjoy I’m worrying less about getting more variety than I’m already getting, so I’m not wasting any food!

  • This is another example of the misconceptions that you need to save resources in the developed countries to improve the situation in the developing ones. Food, water & Co. are local resources and, if scarce, local problems. Noone there can survive from the tears of rich people.