Ready to get started? Here are five easy ways you can reduce food waste at home:
- Make a plan. Plan your meals – even if it’s just half of your meals each week, you’ll be making a difference.
- Shop with a list. Use a shopping list to make the most of your food dollars and to avoid impulse buys you might not need or eat.
- Store foods wisely. Did you know wrapping leftover cheese loosely in wax paper keeps it fresher? Or you can keep flour fresher almost twice as long by freezing it? Become a food storage pro using this Food Storage Directory.
- Understand labels. Most food can be safely consumed well after their use-by dates: "Sell-by" and "use-by" dates are not federally regulated and do not indicate safety, except on certain baby foods. Rather, they are manufacturer suggestions for peak quality. Click on the "Use By" and "Sell By" FAQ tab for more information.
- Compost food scraps. The City and County of Denver offers composting services in many neighborhoods. No service in your area? Start your own compost pile. Denver Urban Gardens offers free classes to get you started. If you have a community garden in your neighborhood, you can also check to see if they accept composting materials.
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