How Much Produce Should I Buy? 6 Simple Tips

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Sick of tossing spoiled fruits and veggies? These tips from our resident grocery shopping guru Shane Valentine will help you end the frustrating cycle of wasted food (and money). Photo: Shutterstock

Sick of tossing spoiled fruits and veggies? These tips from our resident grocery shopping guru Shane Valentine will help you end the frustrating cycle of wasted food (and money). Photo: Shutterstock

If you struggle to use up fresh produce before it spoils, you’re not the only one.

The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that about two-thirds of household food waste is due to spoilage, and a whopping 39 percent of Americans say they feel guilty about wasting food.


So, how much fresh produce should I buy to keep waste in check? What will my family eat? And how can I avoid the frustration of seeing rotten veggies in my crisper bin?

Earth911 called on our resident grocery shopping guru Shane Valentine, chef, author and chef instructor for Whole Foods Market, to get the answers to these questions and more. Click through for his top tips to help you buy what you need and eliminate waste for good.

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Mary Mazzoni

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.
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  1. As someone who lives alone and eats lots of raw veggies I face this challenge almost daily. One way I’ve managed to reduce waste is freezing for stock. When my veggies start to get a little limp (not spoiled, but not crispy) I put them in a bag in the freezer along with my “trimmings” that I save (onion peels, herb stems, and

  2. Sometimes you just can’t resist a beautiful veggie you didn’t expect to see in the store. Go ahead. Buy it. You can compensate by taking something else off your list. There is usually some produce that isn’t up to par that day. Just be sure to add an appropiate recipe to your menus.

  3. Thanks for this post. This is always a problem that I encounter when I shop. I don’t want to waste good, organic produce so I will have to do a better job. I usually make soups, salads and smoothies with produce to use it up before it is inedible.

  4. I juice lettuce, celery, kale, etc. that is going limp and use it in soup. Makes me feel a little less guilty about it, at least.

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