How Much Produce Should I Buy? 6 Simple Tips

Photo: Staci Wendland, Crafty Staci

A menu planning solution, like this one from Staci Wedland of Crafty Staci, can go a long way towards reducing food waste. Photo: Staci Wendland/Crafty Staci

Try menu planning

Menu planning may sound like a hassle, but it can be as simple as the basic outline pictured here. Created by our Reuse Design Challenge winner Staci Wedland of Crafty Staci, this simple menu planning board makes it easy to map out meals by day and shop according to what you know you’ll need.

Use a calendar, note cards or whatever works for you, and reference your weekly menu when making shopping lists. Controlling portion size will be far easier when you’re buying for a specific purpose rather than simply grabbing things off the shelves.

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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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