Making the Most of Our Food During Stay-at-Home

Tips from our friends at Zero Waste Marin

These days we may be buying more at each trip to the store, so we don’t go as often. We are preparing most, if not all meals at home. As our routines change, let’s make sure we prevent food waste as much as possible. Here are some tips to get started:

Shopping: Make a list and check what foods you already have, maybe hiding in the back of your fridge or pantry, to avoid unnecessary purchases.

Storage: Fridge, pantry or countertop? Where and how you store fresh produce really affects its shelf-life.

Organize your fridge: Use clear, labeled containers to find and remember foods. Designate an area for most perishable items to use up first.

Leftovers: Turn your leftovers into an instant meal or can the base for a new dish. Try fried rice or pot pie to use up ingredients.

Expiration dates: They mark peak freshness, but most foods are safe to eat beyond the “best by” date. Your senses can help you assess.

For details on these food saving tips, links to guides, recipes and more visit Zero Waste Marin!