Love Food Friday #1: Get Organized and PLAN!

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Food Waste Elimination Tip #1: Get organized and PLAN!

Chef Christopher Gigiel

One thing that sets professional chefs apart, as a group, is that we are planners. We don’t like flying by the seat of our pants. We have a plan, and a backup plan, and a backup plan for our back up plan.

When we’re talking about food, this means we plan a menu and shop for that menu. Most commercial food establishments operate on a very slim profit margin and food waste can make the different between profitability and loss. Therefore, food waste is often at the forefront of my mind.

I plan my menu and shop for what I need for that menu, and go to the store with a list. I do the same thing in my personal life – I’m much less likely to impulse buy or purchase things because they’re on sale if I have a list and stick to it. This also means that I’m not purchasing excess without a solid plan of what I’m going to do with it and what I buy is much less likely to go to waste.

I know in our busy lives it’s difficult to carve out the time to plan, and often the decision of what we’re eating for dinner is only made several hours before it needs to be on the table, but I promise you if you’ll start the habit you’ll waste a lot less, and save some money too.

Love Food Friday Recipe Share #1 : Asian Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry

AsianBeefVegetableStirFryClick here for the recipe!

Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner 🙂

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2 responses to “Love Food Friday #1: Get Organized and PLAN!

  1. Carol

    I used to do this all the time and have gotten out of the habit, but it really works! Not only does it greatly reduce food waste,but it also improves the quality of your diet since your not eating fast, last minute foods that are high in calories, but lacking in nutrition. Planning ahead also provides a great sense of freedom when you’re not scrambling at the last minute to come up with something for supper. I’ve found that just having a plan in mind is the biggest part of the battle!

    • I agree, Carol! Planning and getting organized pays big rewards when you get into the habit. It is something that I need to get better at, but am trying 🙂

      Best,
      Anne

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