what's your food philosophy?

I try not to waste, but I do throw out more than I'd like to. None of us are big leftover eaters, so I don't make a lot of extra food when I cook- but what's left is ususally pitched after 3 days.

I'm also very careful about expired dairy, meat and fresh fruit/veggies so it if looks/smells questionable- out!

Bread's cheap enough that once it starts to get dry or have that yeasty smell, I get rid of it.

Things we don't waste or have to pitch because we go through so much of it- eggs, milk, juices, cereal.
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My husband is a menu planning fiend. He knows just how much of everything to buy for the two of us, then cooks according to the plan. He makes just enough for dinner that we have enough left over for a lunch each.

It's pretty damned amazing to me, non-cook that I am.
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the only thing that may get wasted is fruit which for some reason I have to make myself eat even though I like it.
Ha, I'm the same way! I love most fruit, but if I buy a bag of apples or something, it's likely that most of them will go bad. Even if I get a bag with two or three apples, I'll only eat one and forget about the rest until I realize they've gone bad. I don't know if I'm picky or just absentminded.

I got to be somewhat wasteful with food when I started working really heavy hours. I don't have a lot of time or energy to cook when I get home. If I freeze meat, I always forget to take it out to thaw. Then I go to the store to buy more meat, freeze half, then forget about it. Lather, rinse, repeat.

I buy a bag of salad fully intending to eat it, but some of it usually goes bad... because I hate salad. I always feel like I'm munching on a tree. One of those things I have to force myself to eat. I'm not that way with vegetables really, though. I love steamed veggies.

My SO's mother is constantly giving us food that I can't stand, so it never gets used. I'm not a big red meat eater, so she gave us two giant rolls of ground chuck and a few big fat packages of something that might resemble steak...? I don't recall what it is, exactly. And she gave us two big bags of hash browns, about 10 boxes of nasty mac n' cheese, some pre-packaged butter herb noodles that taste like ****, a big box of popcorn balls, and frozen Freschetta pizzas that are entirely too greasy.

She's a really nice lady and all, but I wish she'd stop buying us food.
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My food philosophy? See it; eat it.

I do pretty well not wasting anything that isn't harmed by freezing, but I confess to wasting a fair amount of fresh produce. I buy it with good intentions, but then eat out or don't want that particular thing any more once I've gotten it home or . . . I feel horribly guilty about the waste, esp. since I grew up poor and we threw NOTHING edible away. But, I still do it sometimes.

I have learned not to shop so ambitiously, though, so the waste is less. I actually like leftovers.
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I rarely waste food. Growing up poor will do that to you
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Yep.
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Or having a large family (competition for food).

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I'm pretty good about not wasting anything. As soon as I get home from the grocery store I wash, seperate and season all my meat, then label it and freeze it in ziplock bags. If by any chance I can't read what it says, that night it's mystery meat night. The only things that do go bad sometimes are veggies and fruits. I think it's just because I hardly ever look in the bottom door of my fridge so I forget about them. Like someone else mentioned, I'll buy them with the intention of finishing them off but just forget. out of sight out of mind I guess.
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I had whiting go bad once.

Usual suspects that go bad are cheese and bread. I do not let fruits or vegetables go bad; once I buy them they are usually gone within 3 days.

I have some fresh asparagus in the fridge. If I don't cook them tomorrow they will go bad, so looks like asparagus for lunch tomorrow.

I don't stock up on much of anything. I buy what I need, and once it's gone I get more. I do however keep a few canned goods and a box of bottled water for inclement weather situations.

My food philosophy: Everything in moderation, maintain variety, buy what you need, and keep waste to a minimum. But if in doubt, throw it out.

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I try not to be a foodwaster. It's hard cooking for just two people...so I'll usually have some other people over, or try to cook half a recipe. If I have leftovers that don't get eaten, I give them to my dog...mainly meat. I don't feel like it's wasted if something got to eat it. She doesn't complain.
I like to have plenty of food in my house. My pantry and freezer have to stay well stocked, and I buy the larger containers of stuff like yogurt, juice, cereals, grits, etc. My philosophy is this: I will only shop for pershibles (fruits and veggies) on a weekly basis. Everything else I stock up on. That way whenever I have the urge for something, most or all of the ingredients are already there.

I am a Trader Joes nut, too. Their frozen bags of chicken--mandarin, teriyaki, etc) are the bomb. They are GREAT if you are single. One bag is 2 or 3 servings...perfect!
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we have a family of 4, with an 8 and 4 year old who have hearty appetites for wholesome foods.

there is little that we waste because we 1. buy as we need, and 2. don't have that much freezer space to keep foods that require cold storage.

the inside of our fridge seldom looks full because we don't consume a lot of processed breakfast meats, condiments, juices/soda, or milk.

i shop weekly and we make a couple of pit stops in between to replenish our fresh produce which we consume a lot of.

we seldom have leftovers because i cook what i know we'll eat. but if we happen to have leftover spaghetti, for example, my son will want me to pack it for his lunch the next day. you won't often find food in storage containers in our fridge. and if you do, it will soon be eaten as someone's snack, or to enhance our next meal, or to be someone's lunch.

the staples in our cabinets are rice, macaroni, spices, oatmeal, cooking oil, chips, crackers, chicken broth, beans.

we frequent the market for strawberries, oranges, bananas, grapes, squash, zucchini, green peppers, onions, bread, eggs, etc.

what you can usually find in our freezer are chicken breasts, a couple of packs of pork chops, a bag or two of frozen talapia, blueberry waffles, collards, mustards, peas, corn on and off the cob, limas, mixed veggies, frozen soup that i take for my lunch each day. i usually have to make a trip to the market to get ground italian sausage if i plan to make spaghetti.
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The freezer is my best friend. I freeze everything.
I keep big ziploc bags in the freezer and any leftover veggies go in one bag, meat in another - for soup & stew making. I freeze bread, rolls, buns. Anything that I can't or don't want to freeze goes to the dogs, cats, or birds.
I keep my cupboards full - canned veggies, fruits, tuna, salmon, soups; pasta, rice, tea, flour sugar, powdered milk, cereal; paper products.
I like knowing that no matter when payday is there's always something in the house to eat, for just me or for unexpected company.
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Other than the part about freezing bread (I no longer do this because it turns out soggy) and giving leftover food away to animals (I've never done that), I do pretty much the same thing, with use of freezer and overflowing cupboards. I'm actually glad I don't have a larger freezer because then I really would freeze EVERYthing...
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I like to have plenty of food in my house. My pantry and freezer have to stay well stocked, and I buy the larger containers of stuff like yogurt, juice, cereals, grits, etc. My philosophy is this: I will only shop for pershibles (fruits and veggies) on a weekly basis. Everything else I stock up on. That way whenever I have the urge for something, most or all of the ingredients are already there.

I am a Trader Joes nut, too. Their frozen bags of chicken--mandarin, teriyaki, etc) are the bomb. They are GREAT if you are single. One bag is 2 or 3 servings...perfect!
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Yup, me too.
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I try not to waste food (or anything).

I hate grocery shopping, so I usually don't go until things are in a desperate state

My food philosphy is... when things go bad, have a half pint of Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.

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I as well as most of you, try hard not to waste food. I try hard to eat my full daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, I genuinely love fruits and vegetables! I am huge salad lover, and because I like so many different salad dressings, I never really get bored of eating salads. I normally get most of my daily vegetable servings through salads. With many of the salads today being very healthy for you, I am trying real hard to turn my children into salad lovers as well. It seems to be working. Even though my kids are rather picky eaters who use to turn up their noses when I tried to get them to eat their vegetables in the past. I frequently have them help make their food. Kids are much more likely to eat their food if they helped prepare it, no matter what the food is, and how picky of an eater the kid is. I like to say to my kids, "a salad a day will keep the doctor away." A knock off of the old apple saying.
I also freeze leftovers and get the most mileage out of them possible. I keep a well stocked pantry, plus I am VERY picky about the ingredients that we ingest in my house, so I will take stale bread and put it in the freezer until I am ready to make my own dried breadcrumbs or croutons. I donít like canned veggies and we eat a lot of fresh veg, so I have to actively use whatever we have. For instance I have some leafy greens that are on their last legs in my fridge, so a salad will definitely be on the menu tonight to use them up. I just plan our meals around what veg we have and when it is likely to go bad.
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I try not to waste, but I do throw out more than I'd like to
This is me, as well. But I've made a concetrated effort in recent years to get better -- buying the majority of my veggies and fruits in frozen form has helped ALOT.

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