How Much Produce Should I Buy? 6 Simple Tips

Take daily inventory

After a few weeks of menu planning and careful purchasing, you’ll start to notice trends about what you thought you’d need, what you actually used and what was left over, Valentine says. These simple observations are one of your biggest weapons in the fight against food waste.

“If you pay attention, you’ll start to learn what is being eaten and in what quantities,” Valentine told Earth911. “Then, you shop with the mindset of buying what you need.”

After preparing your nightly meals, jot down a few notes on your menu planner about how much produce you purchased and what you actually used in a given recipe. The next time you shop, you’ll be sure to pick up the right amount.

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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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