Eat What You Buy
Be mindful of ingredients you already have on hand and leftovers you need to use up. You’ll waste less and may even find a new favorite dish in the process. Here are some tips:
- Make a list each week of what needs to be used up and plan upcoming meals around it.
- Move food that’s likely to spoil soon to the front of the shelf or a designated “eat now” area. Download and print our 'Eat Me First' signs to help!
- Are you likely to have leftovers from any of your meals? Plan on an “eat the leftovers” night each week.
- Casseroles, frittatas, soups and smoothies are great ways to use leftovers and odds and ends. Browse websites such as these that provide creative suggestions for using leftovers:
- Learn the difference between sell-by, use-by, best-by and expiration dates. Here’s a quick guide; for more detailed information, read this fact sheet from the USDA:
- A "Sell-By" date tells the store how long to display the product for sale. You should buy the product before this date.
- A "Best if Used By (or Before)" date is recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
- A "Use-By" date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. The date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product.
- "Closed or coded dates" are packing numbers used by the manufacturer.
- Wondering about the shelf life of a particular food or drink? Check out these online guides where you can search by item: www.StillTasty.com or www.EatByDate.com.
Check out this great video from King County, Washington. Love your Leftovers — 4 ideas for meal planning.