Food Waste Reduction Checklist

There are tons of ways you can
reduce food waste at home.

Start by filling out the form below and making your official commitment to being a food waste champion! Then, pick and choose from the following strategies that work best for you to implement at home.

Become a Food Waste Champion

Before You Shop

  • Organize your fridge/pantry so you can easily see what ingredients you have and what needs to be used up first.
  • Make a meal plan and shopping list so you’re only buying what you know you’ll eat.
  • Holidays are a big trigger for food waste. Follow these tips to help prevent holiday food waste:
    • Plan: Not sure how much food to make? Visit savethefood.com/guestimator
    • Stay Strong: Once you have your grocery list, resist the urge to add “a little extra” to your cart.
    • Play Matchmaker: Choose recipes that come in larger sizes.
    • Be Honest: Discourage Guests from bringing dishes you know no one will eat and suggest other options.
    • Downsize Dishware: Use smaller serving spoons to help guests moderate the amount of food they take.
    • Store & Label: Stick masking tape on containers to identify what’s inside and when you should eat it.
    • FIFO” Your Fridge: Use the “first in, first out” method to eat food before it has to be tossed.

Smart Grocery Shopping & Storage

Get Cooking

  • Get creative! Use the ingredients you already have on hand to determine what to make. Make sure to use foods that have a shorter shelf life first.
  • Flexible recipes like soups, salads, frittatas, or stir-fries are a great way to use up lots of extra produce.
  • Save veggie scraps like carrot peels, celery ends, and garlic/onion skins to make veggie stock (store them in the freezer until you have enough).

After You Eat

  • Save your leftovers and eat them. Don’t always love leftovers? Try heating them up in the same way you cooked them or using them as a starter ingredient for a brand new meal
  • Freeze any foods you won’t eat right away to extend their shelf life. Date and label it so you know what it is and when to eat it.
  • Compost any leftover scraps that you can’t eat. Learn how to get started with composting.