How Much Produce Should I Buy? 6 Simple Tips

Shopping more often allows you to buy fewer perishables at once, reducing the risk of forgotten fruits and veggies rotting away in your fridge. Photo: Shutterstock

Shopping more often allows you to buy fewer perishables at once, reducing the risk of forgotten fruits and veggies rotting away in your fridge. Photo: Shutterstock

Go shopping more often

Taking smaller, more frequent shopping trips may sound like a chore. But shopping a few times per week allows you to wait until perishables are used up before replenishing them, which will greatly decrease food spoilage in your fridge.

“The key is to go more often,” Valentine says. “The way people used to eat is they walked down to the market, got what they needed and went home to make it. Nothing spoiled, and there was virtually no waste.”

“So the trick is, how do we do that in today’s society?”

To prevent spoilage, Valentine recommends heading to the store at least twice a week and purchasing only what you will feasibly use before your next trip.

To reduce excess fuel use that may come with more frequent shopping, try to pinpoint grocery stores and farmer’s markets along your regular commute for a smaller carbon footprint and less food waste.

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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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