Star Shopping

  1. Make meal planning a routine; the more you plan, the easier it becomes
  2. Try a meal planning app
  3. Plan for leftovers; have at least one leftover meal per week
  4. Plan meals that use similar ingredients so you can use up everything you buy
  5. Shop more often and buy reduced, ready to use items
  6. Check what food you already have before buying more
  7. Buy your family’s favourites; if you like it, it will get eaten
  8. Found a deal? If you buy in bulk, portion out meals and freeze for later
  9. Don’t shop hungry—make a grocery list to avoid impulse buys
  10. Get the family involved; let kids help plan their favourite dishes
  11. Consider buying frozen produce over fresh: it’s just as healthy and won’t spoil
  12. Imperfect fruits and vegetables are just as healthy as pretty produce

Star Storage

  1. Freeze berries and other fruits or vegetables to use later in smoothies
  2. Freeze extra broth or tomato paste for future recipes
  3. Eat the most perishable items first
  4. Keep produce whole as long as possible; removing fruit from stems will decay faster
  5. Use high-humidity drawers for fruits and vegetables that wilt like carrots and leafy greens
  6. Use low-humidity drawers for fruits and vegetables that spoil like pears and grapes
  7. Take produce out of plastic bags; airtight wrappings speed up decay
  8. Use reusable glass storage containers to see what’s inside
  9. Store yogurt upside down to create a vacuum that keeps bacteria from growing
  10. Avoid overfilling your fridge, this can affect air circulation and cause food to spoil faster
  11. Keep your fridge temperature at about 4°C and freezer at -18°C
  12. Consider getting a smart fridge; see contents and control temperature from your phone

Star Preparation

  1. Put leftovers in single-serving containers for a quick meal on-the-go
  2. Cook in bulk at a community kitchen program and take what you need
  3. Pre-measure snacks and meals into reusable containers for convenience
  4. Plan back-to-back meals with similar ingredients
  5. Make meals in large batches to freeze then defrost when you need a quick dinner
  6. Clean and chop produce ahead of time and store for easy use
  7. Label pre-chopped produce and batch-made meal containers with contents and date
  8. Pre-cook proteins to lengthen shelf life and shorten future meal prep
  9. Get all the nutrients out of your produce like using mushroom and broccoli stems

Star Savings

  1. Serve smaller amounts; uneaten food on a plate is more likely to go into the garbage
  2. Leftover rice? Make fried rice, rice pudding, or add to another dish
  3. Turn stale bread into croutons or bread crumbs
  4. Use leftover vegetables in stir fries, soups, stews, pasta sauce or omelets
  5. Substitute soured milk for yogurt or buttermilk in baking
  6. Use browning or overripe bananas in banana bread or freeze for future baking
  7. Make broth stock from your poultry carcass or meat bones
  8. Many fruits and vegetables can be preserved by canning or dehydrating
  9. Use older apples to make apple sauce
  10. Create an area in your fridge or pantry for food that needs to be eaten first

Star Sharing

  1. Share a home cooked meal with friends or neighbours
  2. Participate in a community garden to grow healthy food with others
  3. Eat local seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables
  4. Grow your own fruit and vegetables in your yard or planter boxes
  5. Compost non-edible organic waste
  6. Save suitable food scrapes for pets or livestock
  7. Share these Food Future Star tips with friends, family or neighbours

Take the Our Food Future pledge!

After checking out our 50 tips on reducing food waste, print off this certificate and fill it in with a tip that you will now do to help reduce food waste as well.

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