SMART PREP — Prepare Now and Eat Later

smart prepPreparing ingredients ahead of time can make it easier to create meals later in the week as well as save time, effort and money.

Tips to practice SMART PREP 

  • When you get home from shopping, wash, dry, chop and prepare items – with the exception of berries which could mold if you wash them too early.
  • Place items in clear storage containers — so you can quickly identify the contents. 
  • Freeze food you don't plan to eat within a few days such as bread, sliced fruit, vegetables or meat. 
  • Cook several meals at once. Then store them in the refrigerator or freezer for later in the week. 
  • Prepare and cook perishable items such as meat, then freeze it for use throughout the month.

Other resources 

Food label
Food prep label PDF icon
  • Learn more about why preventing food waste matters 


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