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8 Simple Ways to Reduce Food Waste

1. Shop Wisely. Plan meals, use shopping lists, and avoid impulse buys. Buy exactly what you need and what you plan to use.

2. Buy Funny-Looking Produce. Don't judge! Just because the size, shape or color of a fruit/vegetable doesn't match what we think it should look like, doesn't mean it's not good to eat.

3. Repurpose Leftovers Scraps. Be creative and resourceful by using vegetable and meat scraps in homemade stocks, and roasting potato and apple peels into crispy snacks.

4. Use Your Freezer. Raw meat, fruits, bread and even soups can be frozen and consumed at a much later date. Frozen fruits can be used for smoothies and frozen bread can simply be toasted straight from the freezer.

5. Understand Expiration Dates. People can often confuse the "use by" and "best by" dates. The "best by" dates are usually manufacturers' suggestions for peak quality, but can cause people to throw out food when it is still consumable. If a food look, smells and tastes fine, it should be good to eat.

6. Eat Leftovers. You don't waste food AND you get a free lunch the next day! Win-win.

7. Compost Food Scraps. Convert food waste into nutritious soil and fertilizer right in your backyard. 

8. Donate food. Non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food can be donated to food banks, soup kitchens, and shelters to those in need.

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