Tip: Buy by weight
Earlier this year, Valentine let us in on a game-changing secret: When produce is sold by weight, you can buy exactly what you need. Don’t need the whole bunch of carrots? Just pull off one or two. Only using half a cabbage? Ask a produce to representative cut it for you.
We’ll admit this suggestion blew our minds a bit, but it really is that simple. To eliminate produce waste (and shave a few dollars off your grocery bill), keep an eye out for picks sold by the pound and buy only what you need for your recipe.
For produce that goes soft easily, such as avocados, bananas or pears, Valentine suggests choosing a mixture of ripe and under-ripe picks. Chow down on the soft ones first, and the others will be perfectly ripe (read: not overripe or spoiled) by the end of the week.