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Reducing food waste at home: 5 easy and essential tips


Reducing food waste at home: 5 easy and essential tips


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Minimizing food waste in your home kitchen is a crucial step for various reasons. Not only does it save you money, but it also has a positive impact on the environment by reducing the quantity of food waste. At Cook it, we are committed to promoting a responsible approach to cooking, which is why we are sharing these valuable tips to help you reduce food waste at home.

Meal planning

One of the primary sources of food waste is failing to plan meals properly. We know it’s easier said than done, but taking the time to create a weekly menu and a shopping list based on your actual needs can prevent you from buying excess food that may go to waste.

Optimal storage

Learn how to store your food effectively. Use airtight containers for leftovers and label them with the date to avoid forgetting them at the back of the refrigerator. Keep more perishable items at the front of your fridge, ensuring they are used first.

Maximize ingredient usage

When cooking, strive to utilize every part of an ingredient. For instance, carrot tops can be transformed into pesto, and vegetable scraps can be used in soups or broths. Get creative and avoid throwing away edible portions.


Implement a composting system for food waste that cannot be used, such as vegetable peels, eggshells, or inedible leftovers. Composting reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and creates natural fertilizer for your garden.

Monitor expiration dates

Pay attention to expiration dates on products you purchase and consume. Try to plan your meals around items nearing their expiration date to make the most of them at their peak freshness.

Reducing food waste in your kitchen is both an economical and eco-friendly endeavor. By following these straightforward tips, you can contribute to minimizing food waste, preserving the environment, and enjoying delicious meals while saving money. So, put these suggestions into practice and make a positive difference in your kitchen starting today. You’ll find that it’s easy once you make it a habit!

Constance Tassé-Gagnon

Deputy Director of Product and Partnerships

Constance, a true culinary globetrotter, always on the lookout for the latest gastronomic trends. With 15 years of experience as a cook and pastry chef in Montreal’s gourmet restaurants, she excels in the art of dining and is always ready to host a memorable gathering. Her heart belongs to traditional Quebec cuisine, but her soul tirelessly explores flavors from around the world. Follow her for invaluable culinary tips and extraordinary taste discoveries that will make your next event an absolute success!