Here are Kandora’s suggestions for getting the most out of your groceries:
Rotate food: When you’re putting groceries away, place your most recently purchased food at the back of your cabinet or refrigerator and move older products to the front.
“It’s always good to rotate food on a first-in, first-out basis to help ensure you eat the food in a timely manner,” Kandora says.
Shop with a list: Reduce your chances of buying something you won’t use by always shopping with a list and sticking to it.
Regular check-ups: “Go through your fridge or pantry at least once a month to be sure you’re finding things while they are still at peak freshness,” Kandora says.
By paying more attention to your food, Kandora says you’ll be less likely to throw things out because they’re past their prime or have gone bad. Pay especially close attention to meat and dairy products, she says, noting that meat can be frozen and will be good for up to six months.
While it may seem wasteful to toss unopened cans or other food, she says it is best to err on the side of caution if you have a concern.
“When in doubt, throw it out,” she says.