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.