Today's Reuse Roundup post comes from Devrah Lawver, of San Ramon, CA.
I hope her tip inspires you to send me your best kitchen tip(s) for waste minimizing--you could win a Google Nexus 7 tablet and signed copies of both of my cookbooks. Only 2 days left to enter the contest (it ends March 7th)!!
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My tip to reduce kitchen waste is to meal plan! So basic! Meal planning allows you to only shop for what you need, not just what looks good, plus, it also usually ensures that you eat a little healthier and don't do that "I have nothing to eat"- fridge stare down.
I don't use a paper chart or app, having this big white board on the wall works for me. I take a photo of it before I go to the grocery store (and I use scratch paper to make a shopping list). I know there are cute notebooks (maydesigns.com has super adorable meal planning notebooks that are personalizable), but I have enough notebooks and charts to keep track of in my life. I like it simple.
What I like about meal planning, is that I also account for leftovers. Oftentimes leftovers are for lunch the next day. You can see that this week I am having veggie tacos one night, but then I use the leftover ingredients in a mexican cassarole. Now that I am living alone, meal planning keeps me from over-buying. I can't go to the store and just pick stuff out or else I end up with too much that ends up going bad and wasted. I am also in grad school two nights a week, so I don't have time to run to the store just to pick up something for dinner, I do all of my shopping on the weekends, making two or three stops depending on my list (sprouts, trader joes and target... I don't bother with Costco or Safeway unless I need something specific).