Plan your shopping!

Plan your shopping!

April 12, 2019

Plan your shopping!

According to several studies, the best way to avoid food waste would be to shop on a daily basis, buying (from shops within walking distance) only what you really intend to eat.

According to several studies, the best way to avoid food waste would be to shop on a daily basis, buying (from shops within walking distance) only what you really intend to eat: an eco-friendly solution which is not, however, always compatible with modern-day life. So, if you decide to make do with a weekly grocery shop, it is essential to plan what to eat and have an idea of your weekly menu before heading to the supermarket. This has positive repercussions not only on health (because it allows you to balance food consumption better), but also on the environment and on your pocket, as it pushes you to make more carefully considered purchases and to reduce any food waste. How to get started? Just follow a few simple rules.

Think of a general menu and don’t cover every day

It’s not important to decide every single dish down to every last detail. Unexpected events are inevitable, and you may well end up eating out without having planned to do so. To not waste, simply make a list of 4/5 dishes per week, also checking foods already purchased that are nearing their expiry dates. 

Will I eat it at home or away from home?

A good idea is to cook some foods in advance, so they are ready for lunches at work or late evening dinners, when you get back home from work: excellent dishes for these occasions are soups, stews, salads, any gratin dishes and sweet and savory pies, which can be eaten cold or reheated. In general, you should plan a rolling menu: left-overs from the evening meal can easily become the side dish to accompany the next day's lunch, thus allowing you to always avoid food waste.

Organized list, organized pantry

Having a functional, well-organized pantry lets you immediately spot which products you have run out of. In addition, if your pantry is arranged into specific areas, your shopping list can then follow the same logic, which makes shopping itself more efficient.

Focus on fresh products, without exaggerating

Don't forget to include fruit and vegetables on your shopping list, varying them based on what's in season. The same shopping list can thus have four different versions, for summer, spring, fall and winter, guaranteeing the variety so essential for a healthy diet. However, be careful to not waste: before buying more fresh vegetables, make sure you cook (and if necessary preserve) those still in the refrigerator.

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