I have found for me to minimize food waste, I have to buy smarter. I'm one person who eats what I cook. I eat natural and organic foods only so there's an issue with food going bad. I don't like eating thawed out frozen food as the texture, in my mouth, turns me off and I don't want to eat the food - thus I throw the food out. I also don't own a microwave.
What do I do?
What I do isn't popular and it works for me.
I cook food for three to four days and I eat the same thing three times a day. I don't get bored with what I am eating. I eat to live - not live to eat. Food is functional and I do eat quite healthy. I cook my food in a slow cooker so everything is done at the same time. It costs me more to use my oven - I live in an apartment so the appliances aren't really conservative energy wise.
I only buy fresh sweet potatoes when it comes to fresh produce and I find that the sweet potatoes don't go grainy as most food does when it's frozen. I cook and freeze enough for two weeks. In two weeks time, I buy another two weeks of sweet potatoes to cook and freeze in Ziploc freezer bags.
When it comes to other fresh produce, I don't buy it because it goes bad before I can use it. I buy frozen vegetables. I buy enough food for one month and store it in my freezer. I don't like to go grocery shopping every week. I also save on transportation costs by doing my major grocery shopping once a month. I do shop every two weeks for milk and sweet potatoes.
I buy boneless skinless chicken as I get more meat for my money. I only buy this on sale and then I buy enough for five to six weeks as that is all my freezer will hold along with frozen vegetables.
This is what works for me. What will work for you?