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34 Ways To Waste Less Food

Every year, Americans throw away $165 billion of food. Happy Earth Day. Let's do better.

1. Only buy what you need.

2. Shop more often.

3. Make a grocery list.

4. Oh, don't worry, there's an app for that.

5. Make frozen fruit and vegetables your new best friend.

6. Watch out for the Bulk Trap.

7. Skip the Keurig.

8. Buy organic milk instead of regular: It lasts a whole lot longer.

9. Know what needs to go in the fridge and what should be left on the counter.

10. Reorganize your fridge on the reg.

11. Don't mix fruits and vegetables.

12. Remember: One bad apple can ruin the whole bunch.

13. Break your bananas apart and increase their counter life.

14. Make your scallions last longer by keeping them in a jar of water in the fridge.

Simply remove the rubber band they came in, add about an inch or two of water to a jar, stand the scallions up in it, cover with a plastic bag and stick it in the fridge. Now they'll stay crisp for a week.

15. Hang onions in pantyhose and they will last for up to eight months!

16. Extend your bread's life with a celery stalk.

17. Wrap cheese in wax paper or cheese paper.

18. Freeze your fresh herbs in olive oil or butter.

19. Tupperware: Not just an excuse for parties.

20. Cook with every part of the food.

21. Use your kitchen scraps to make homemade vegetable stock.

22. Make frittatas with your leftover vegetables

23. Turn day-old rice into fried rice.

24. Save your dried-out mushrooms!

25. Pickle (or preserve) whatever you've got.

26. Turn leftover bread into croutons.

27. Use brown bananas to make banana bread.

28. Add cheese rinds to soups and sauces for extra flavor.

29. Save leftover wine in the freezer.

30. Don't confuse "sell-by," "best-by," or "use-by" with "toss-by."

31. Donate what you don't want.

32. Always take the doggie bag.

33. If you can't clean your plate, pass it to someone who can.


(Yes, even apartment dwellers can do it.)

Find out how you can compost in your city.